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Robbo Robson | 12:36 UK time, Thursday, 10 December 2009

Now I can't be seen to be touting for any one of the 10 contenders for this year's Sports Personality of the Year, but I do wish we could start calling it Sports Person of the Year; it seems a lot to ask of a blinkered, single-minded sports professional to be possessed of a personality as well. (Giggsy's 36 and he's just starting to develop one.)

If it was a true Sports Personality of the Year then it'd be the same contestants every December: Tuffers v Jimmy White. I'd like that, actually.

Successful sportspeople tend to be the ones who can cut out all the noise and just focus on the task in hand. Great goalscorers tend to be labelled 'cold-eyed' as if they're some sort of Terminator replicant from the future.

But to be honest, I'm none too fussed at watching a successful introvert. For example, if you were a fan of Bjorn Borg I'd say you were a bit weird. The man engaged the crowd with all the spontaneity and joy of a saucepan.
Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe after the 1981 Wimbledon finalBjorn Borg and John McEnroe after the 1981 Wimbledon final
If it wasn't for Nastase, McEnroe and Connors we'd have happily turned the TV off and found something else to do with our strawberries and cream. OK they were mouthy little toy-tossing tantrum-throwers but rather that than a bloke whose headband was so taut his very eyeballs were touching.

Of course, Borg packed it in at 26. There's only so much emotionlessness you can manage until your head explodes. And a career selling men's pants beckoned.
If you compare Henman (bland, likeable, a lad who still chips in with Mater when she's baking a Victoria Sponge) to Murray (fierce, focused, and quite likely to let go of an expletive or two) then I know who I'd rather be in the crowd watching.

Paragons of sporting virtue tend to struggle to live up to the ideal. Dare I say it, the reason the recent speculation around that Tiger bloke is quite so merciless and grubby is simply because Woods has thrived on the back of this image of perfection.

The new revelations might not get him sponsorship off Gatorade (and until this morning I thought that was a charity for protecting alligators) but I doubt it's going to stop us from regarding him as the greatest golfer the world's ever seen either.

It's a shock, though. I mean, what next? Roger Federer in choc-chip-cookie binge scandal? Pele admits to possession of Weakest Link box-set?

Of course, for the last few years we've got used to the fact that the only thing in sport that doesn't get spun one way or the other is an over-the-wicket delivery by Ashley Giles. You only have to look at X Factor to realise that there are a lot of folk getting paid simply to spin a good yarn. (Barking Goes Mad As The Strangely Snuffling Stacey Goes Home!!!). You could hitch a good singing career on the back of a very poorly Granny these days.

Sport's no different. I'm a sucker for triumphing against the odds. (The Beckham free-kick against Greece four years after Simeonegate; Darren Clarke's Ryder Cup triumph after he'd lost his lovely missus; the fact that Lance Armstrong got on a bike again at all... man size Kleenex at the ready, lads!)

I watched that brilliant programme on depression in sport the other day and frankly I'd give the gong for heroism in sport to John Kirwan right now. I was struck too by Kelly Holmes, whose Olympic gold medals were achieved despite suffering from depression as she struggled to get over injuries.

When you look at the list of candidates for SPOTY '09 you can see their stories writ large:

Why vote for Jenson Button? Well he went from playboy pretender to World Champion after an 11th-hour reprieve saw him hired by Brawn GP.

Why vote for Mark Cavendish? The Isle of Man Express is so fast you'd have more chance of putting a tail on a Manx Cat.

Why vote for Tom Daley? He's only 15, he's won gold, he seems a right nice lad and following Cristiano Ronaldo's departure to Milan is now officially the best diver in the country.

Why vote for Jessica Ennis? She came back from Olympic heartache to capture World Championship gold - and in the process she captured our hearts too. Sigh!
Chris Hoy after winning Sports PersonalityWho will follow in Chris Hoy's shoes at SPOTY?
Why vote for Ryan Giggs? He plays for Man United but if you put that to one side he's that rarest of things: a quite old footballer who's still really good and is never found taking a swing at night-spot snappers at 2am.

Why vote for David Haye? Against the odds the mouthy Londoner walked through the shadow of the Valuev of Death and triumphed, beating the biggest person ever in the world ever.

Why vote for Phillips Idowu? The man has strived against bad hair choices, being named after a music system, and the insinuation that he bottles it on the big occasion. And now he's champion of the world.

Why vote for Andy Murray? Because as a successful Scot, he is Britain at its best!
Why vote for Andrew Strauss? Straussy, as he will always be known, turned base metal into gold when he turned lambs into lionhearts following the KP-Moores farrago. He led from the front and regained for the nation the silliest trophy in the world of sport.

Why vote for Beth Tweddle? She's won two golds now in a sport which we are rubbish at - and since Cristiano Ronaldo's departure to Madrid she's the best tumbler in the country.

I do like SPOTY. I wanted Hoy to get it last year and he did. If the great British public do the right thing this year I'll be delighted.

But I'm not saying who I'm voting for. You'll never get her name out of me. Or his.


Comments

  • 1. At 1:34pm on 10 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    Gareth Southgate has got a personality???

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  • 2. At 1:35pm on 10 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    MAte, a good read robbo... gonna be difficult to turn this in to 4700000 posts about united and arsenal... But you know us we'll try.

    For me it HAS to be Straussy (who you've hidden beneath murray for some reason)... Everyone else is farely ordinary for exceptional athletes. If that made any sense... well i know what i meant... But Straussy, help us do the most rewarding thing in sports... Beat Australians!

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  • 3. At 1:36pm on 10 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    So has Roy Keane ..

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  • 4. At 1:38pm on 10 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Oh and the Ronaldo digs.... golden!

    Old School Robbo faithful, help me out, who came up with "designated diver"...

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  • 5. At 1:43pm on 10 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    No darts player has ever won SPOTY???

    I am starting a campiagn for James Wade in 2010... destined for great things that lad! Comes from a great town, and he's a good mate...



    Hey if David Gills son can play for united, i can back my mate for SPOTY!

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  • 6. At 1:43pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    The award will obviously go to someone who's sport is covered by the beeb.What I'm concerned about is the size of Adam's phone bill in January.
    I'd like Mark Cavendish to get it,or Straussy for the combination of turning a warring dressing room round,turning the Aussie's over and being a smart,intelligent,coherent sportsman.Don't get many of those.

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  • 7. At 1:44pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    RBA,you know what's coming next.Phil "the power"Taylor.
    I will lend weight to your campaign for a darts blog though...

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  • 8. At 1:45pm on 10 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    2. At 1:35pm on 10 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

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    The gauntlet has been thrown down early today then? ;)

    Good shout about Kelly Holmes by the way Robbo.

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  • 9. At 1:48pm on 10 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Jacks, the fact that the Power has never won it is an outrage... He should defo get a life time achivement award at least...

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  • 10. At 1:53pm on 10 Dec 2009, LABSAB9 wrote:

    Here here regarding Phil Taylor.

    The man is a legend how can you be a 14 time world champion and never be nominated??

    Not just that he he has won every single ranking event this year (as well as countless others) for him to not be nominated is a joke.

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  • 11. At 1:54pm on 10 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Infact only 4 footballers have ever won the award...

    Bobby Moore, Gaza, Becks and Owen...

    But 6 F1 drivers have won it.... what sort of nonsense is this!

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  • 12. At 1:56pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    The biggest outrage will be if Andy Murray or Ryan Giggs win it especially looking at the competition. Phillips Idowu, David Haye, Jessica Ennis and Jenson Button are all World champions. Andy Murray seemed to think it was a big achievement to get to number 2 in the world and hasn't won anything. Ryan Giggs is admittedly a good footballer but it's very difficult for a team player to win the award (except for when Freddie Flintoff took on the Aussies single handed and won the Ashes)

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  • 13. At 1:57pm on 10 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    10... Well here we are less than a dozen posts in and 3 people are already outraged by the lack of Dart winners!

    I would not be surprised if this whole blog turned in to a support forum for the unsung heroes of the oche!


    (And just so The Power does over-shadow my boys chances of next year, let it be said that James Wade, WON the premier league of darts, the Power was beaten in the semis of the championship play off...)

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  • 14. At 1:58pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    10. At 1:53pm on 10 Dec 2009, LABSAB9 wrote:

    Here here regarding Phil Taylor.

    The man is a legend how can you be a 14 time world champion and never be nominated??

    Not just that he he has won every single ranking event this year (as well as countless others) for him to not be nominated is a joke.

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    Ever since the formation of the P.D.C the beeb has ignored darts.Go to the darts section on this website to look for any results and you get Ted "the C**nt" Hankey winning last years mickey mouse award and that's it.Nothing from the grand slam recently held in Wolverhampton(won by some chap from Burslem).
    The S.P.o.t.Y lost any credibility when it gave the award to Princess Anne.Maybe they got her and the horse mixed up

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  • 15. At 2:00pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    14. At 1:58pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:
    The S.P.o.t.Y lost any credibility when it gave the award to Princess Anne.Maybe they got her and the horse mixed up
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    And then they plummeted further by giving it to Zara Phillips

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  • 16. At 2:01pm on 10 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I'll go along with the outrage if Giggs wins it... But in defence of murray (and i dont why, i dont like him or the silly sport) but if it were at any other time in history i am positive he'd win big tournaments, he is blighted by the fact that he is in the same generation as Roger Federererer... Granted, to win you have to beat whats in front of you, but when whats in front of you is a tennis playing cyborg sent back in time to save the planet from apocalyose one major at a time..... what do you do!

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  • 17. At 2:01pm on 10 Dec 2009, adam wrote:

    No mention of Tiger in your blog!
    'though probaly a little too easy a target

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  • 18. At 2:01pm on 10 Dec 2009, LABSAB9 wrote:

    13 true Wade did win the Premier league this year (Taylor won 1st 3yrs on the bounce though) someone else was due a win!!!

    I agree Wade is an exceptional talent but the power is on a different planet, his longevity at the pinnacle of darts is extraordinary and the manner of his domination will never be seen again!!

    A true sporting great.

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  • 19. At 2:02pm on 10 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    Im still stunned by Boro's defeat by Blackpool the other night - and Colchester mybet didnt come off!!! Grrr

    SPotY is rubbish. Full stop.

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  • 20. At 2:02pm on 10 Dec 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    #10
    Agreed re F1 drivers... faceless helmet-wearing millionaires don't make my pulse race and frankly I couldn't give a flying fig about F1... still think Button might be favourite though.

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  • 21. At 2:03pm on 10 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    17... he did, paragraphs 7 and 8...

    Just because hes an easy target doesn't mean old Robbo shys away from hitting a man when he's down...


    I my experience its often the safest time to hit someone!

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  • 22. At 2:06pm on 10 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    I greatly admire Giggs, he should get a reward or be nighted or something but since its SPOTY, Y being the year, my vote is for Straus.

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  • 23. At 2:07pm on 10 Dec 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    17. At 2:01pm on 10 Dec 2009, cloudwarrior wrote:
    No mention of Tiger in your blog!
    'though probaly a little too easy a target

    Mate I could have written a long fulsome and downright filthy blog on the subject but I very much doubt that the BBC could possibly have allowed references the rough, lost balls, being long off the tee, putts that shave the hole etc, without the moderators having to buy in pizzas for an all night sitting.

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  • 24. At 2:08pm on 10 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    Robbo - I bought tickets to see Mama Mia ages ago for me an the bairns - for Sunday - and it clashes with the Cardiff game (spit several times when mentioning the C word - my life hasnt been the same since the FA Cup 1/4 final debacle) - Im looking forward to a bit of Dancing Queen and with a bit of luck Fernando might turn up??? [insert your own punchline at this point)

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  • 25. At 2:09pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    19. At 2:02pm on 10 Dec 2009, followingborohurts wrote:
    Im still stunned by Boro's defeat by Blackpool the other night - and Colchester my bet didnt come off!!! Grrr
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    Only I have the power to jinx teams. If anyone would like me to back their team's opposition this weekend just let me know

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  • 26. At 2:11pm on 10 Dec 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Tough one, FBH. Mamma Mia...
    If Fernando does turn up on Sunday it'll be cos Rafa has been pressing palms together and singing 'I Have a Dream.'

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  • 27. At 2:11pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    @25 But sorry Jacks. I always back Ipswich to lose. It seems the powers of Roy Keane are stronger than my own

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  • 28. At 2:16pm on 10 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    LABSAB, of course i could never argue that anyone in darts deserves more praise than the Power... But i didn't go to school with PHil TAylor, so Wadey gets me vote...

    Robbo, have a word withthe boy in charge and get the Beeb to cover darts properly... Licence Fees etc...!!!!!!

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  • 29. At 2:19pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    How about some live darts on Radio 5? That would be great radio

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  • 30. At 2:19pm on 10 Dec 2009, SouthernFairy wrote:

    Giggs playing top level football at 36 is nothing. Beth Tweddle has been around so long she must be over 40, and she's winning medals in gymnastics.

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  • 31. At 2:20pm on 10 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Robbo @ 20 (should have referenced 11, but thats fine...)

    I just had a look at the most honoured Sports PERSONALITY of all time and its Nigel "could bore the birds from the trees" Mansell!!!!

    The more i neglect my job and research this award, the more it stinks!

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  • 32. At 2:21pm on 10 Dec 2009, LABSAB9 wrote:

    RBA

    Ah old school friends with the machine eh??

    Fair enough i bet Wade can't wait until Taylor hangs up his darts, he is certainly the most likely to take over his mantle just can't see it happening anytime soon, Phil just keeps raising the bar higher and higher so can't see him retiring just yet!!!

    What odds on Taylor v Wade final this year?? that would be superb!!

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  • 33. At 2:23pm on 10 Dec 2009, WaxyGodfather wrote:

    Why would it be such a disgrace if Ryan Giggs won??

    This year the man (legend) has scored his 150th career goal for Manchester United and his 100th in the premier league. He also led and played a pivotal part in winning his 11th (yes thats 11) premier league title. He is 36 years old and is still and even more so this year making the players of other teams look stupid, most footballers by 36 are getting fat in the pub or on t.v. being pundits.
    He has also completed over 800 games for his one and only club! That is a loyalty which should be an example for the children of today.

    Now maybe he might not win it but each and every one of the top ten on that list has the right to be there. They have all excelled in their field in one way or another and to belittle their acheivements is petty and wrong.

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  • 34. At 2:23pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    OK gentlemen (and ladies? I wonder - never hear any). This is rather an obvious question given the subject matter by Robbo - thanks as always mate - I always look forward to your blogs.

    Anyway, so who do you think would be the Top 10 PersonalityLESS sportsmen of all time. Here's my (quickly thought-out) top 10 in no particular order but there is a clear winner for me:

    Steve Davis
    Stephen Hendry
    Tim Henman
    Jonny Wilkinson
    Sue Barker (well I thought I had better include at least one woman and her annoying tittering at blokes she fancies is just, well, boring)
    Alan Shearer
    Ryan Giggs
    Paul Scholes
    Bryan Robson

    but the winner is...............

    Nigel Mansell! For me, quite easily, the most boring sportsman....ever! Made all the more boring by the fact that the plank actually had probably the most exciting job in the world and he could still send you to sleep quicker than a few pints, MOTD and a quick fumble with the missus!

    Over to you lads!

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  • 35. At 2:27pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    re post no.27,CFC.You do know that Pulis and Keane share the same freemason's club....also looks like adam has changed his user name...
    Re Wadey.He's a good boy who has the misfortune of being in the era of a true great.

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  • 36. At 2:28pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    33. At 2:23pm on 10 Dec 2009, WaxyGodfather wrote:
    Why would it be such a disgrace if Ryan Giggs won??
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    Because all the others are at the top of their field, world champions etc. Giggs is a good footballer but is hardly the best in the world and nearly all the others can make this claim.

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  • 37. At 2:29pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Tom,spot on bar.I'd like to add all the motd brigade (bar Adrian Chiles).

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  • 38. At 2:31pm on 10 Dec 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    34. At 2:23pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:
    OK gentlemen (and ladies? I wonder - never hear any). This is rather an obvious question given the subject matter by Robbo - thanks as always mate - I always look forward to your blogs.

    Anyway, so who do you think would be the Top 10 PersonalityLESS sportsmen of all time. Here's my (quickly thought-out) top 10 in no particular order but there is a clear winner for me:

    Steve Davis
    Stephen Hendry
    Tim Henman
    Jonny Wilkinson
    Sue Barker (well I thought I had better include at least one woman and her annoying tittering at blokes she fancies is just, well, boring)
    Alan Shearer
    Ryan Giggs
    Paul Scholes
    Bryan Robson

    but the winner is...............

    Nigel Mansell! For me, quite easily, the most boring sportsman....ever! Made all the more boring by the fact that the plank actually had probably the most exciting job in the world and he could still send you to sleep quicker than a few pints, MOTD and a quick fumble with the missus!

    Over to you lads!

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    Mansell is unsurpassed in dullness. You are spot on. Might I add... almsot any God-fearing mid-west-living American golfer.

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  • 39. At 2:32pm on 10 Dec 2009, UlsterDave wrote:

    Excellent as ussal Robbo....would have posted on the previous blog but it's incredibly difficult to keep up with some of the inane ramblings.....on the comments of course ;)
    Anyway, for Complete Lack of Personality in Sport award only one man can win it. Some say he was forged in the fires of Mount Doom, and that he can he can only smell pineapples.....
    All we know is, he's called Gordon Strachan

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  • 40. At 2:33pm on 10 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    LABS, yes mate, and he to this day credits my uncle with teaching him... he's a top bloke and always loved his darts... but it is weird seeing his mug all over computer games, and he was a question on QOS last week??? But he is top bloke, and does my fine town proud!

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  • 41. At 2:36pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    jacks - how could i forget the lawrenson/hansen combination - they've sent me to annoying sleep many a time - making me miss the highlights of the game I've been waiting to watch.... and often sending me to sleep before the quick fumble too!! hehe

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  • 42. At 2:40pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    38. At 2:31pm on 10 Dec 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Mansell is unsurpassed in dullness. You are spot on. Might I add... almsot any God-fearing mid-west-living American golfer
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    Absolutely Robbo but, in the spirit of the competition, I was keeping it British old boy! We all know that even the most boring Brit still has more personality in his little finger than any Yank!

    .......ok, except Mansell - for me he wins hands down no matter who he's up against! Even the God-fearing mid-West-"living" Americans have more!

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  • 43. At 2:46pm on 10 Dec 2009, UlsterDave wrote:

    Robbo out of interest what do you make of the Ginger Whinger that is Strachan? Do you think he can do enough to hoist the might Boro out of the Smog above Teeside and into cloud City? Or will they pass Leeds on the way down in a few years?

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  • 44. At 2:49pm on 10 Dec 2009, SouthernFairy wrote:

    SPoTY-less contender - Garth Crooks

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  • 45. At 2:53pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    I just remembered another classic 'boreman' (is that a word? if not, i vote to make it one!) - how could I forget Nick Faldo?!!

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  • 46. At 2:57pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    In fairness to Nigel,he may have been dull,but watching him drive was anything but.The name should be changed to Sports Achiever of the Year,or similar.If Garth Crookes gets up to speak that'll knock the tv listings out.He rambles on almost as much as Jim Naughtie.
    My nomination for Sports Dullard of the Year is Jamie Carragher.Not his playing ability but more for the fact he can't say 3 words without saying "You Know"

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  • 47. At 2:57pm on 10 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Bloody hell Robbo, just when I was thinking you had got things right you had to put down Bjorn Borg... the best tennis player that ever held a racket. I have never watched a tennis match since he was beaten by McEnroe.

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  • 48. At 2:59pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Tom,something to ponder.As a sportsman Faldo was as dull as a box of dirt,but he does make a good commentator.Mike Atherton is another example.This doesn't always work though.some of the muppets they bring in to be expert summarisers on 5live are terrible.A combination of Alan Green and Steve Claridge makes me want to chew off my feet.

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  • 49. At 3:00pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    G'day Bo.He may have been one of the best(Federer is tops for me)but he couldn't design underwear...

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  • 50. At 3:01pm on 10 Dec 2009, Cathal wrote:

    Why vote for Tom Daley? He's only 15, he's won gold, he seems a right nice lad and following Cristiano Ronaldo's departure to Milan is now officially the best diver in the country.


    Madrid, not Milan.

    Your comment at 23 was funny robbo

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  • 51. At 3:01pm on 10 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Jack, the best commentator for me is "Bumble"

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  • 52. At 3:02pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Bo,the greatest is the yoda lookalike Richie Benaud

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  • 53. At 3:02pm on 10 Dec 2009, Cathal wrote:

    Is Beth Tweddle the one with the dodgy chompers?

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  • 54. At 3:03pm on 10 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    lol... not sure how to answer that one Jack.

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  • 55. At 3:04pm on 10 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Bo,the greatest is the yoda lookalike Richie Benaud
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    He's dead isn't he Jack... if he isn't he looks like he should be.

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  • 56. At 3:04pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Cathal,is that het teeth you refer to,or is it a euphemism...

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  • 57. At 3:05pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Richie is immortal Bo.If ever the Dark Lord of the Sith(Tony Pulis)does make a bid for world domination we must send in Richie...

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  • 58. At 3:07pm on 10 Dec 2009, notthenorms wrote:

    Cathal, Beth's the one with the neat snatch... and grab
    I'll get my coat

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  • 59. At 3:07pm on 10 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    We see him through different eyes mate... but I grant you he is a fair commentator

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  • 60. At 3:07pm on 10 Dec 2009, SouthernFairy wrote:

    56. At 3:04pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Cathal,is that het teeth you refer to,or is it a euphemism...

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    I can't comment on Miss Tweddle's babies dinners, but she could eat an apple through a letter box...

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  • 61. At 3:09pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Quenten Lynch for overseas player of the year...

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  • 62. At 3:09pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    48. At 2:59pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:
    Tom,something to ponder.As a sportsman Faldo was as dull as a box of dirt,but he does make a good commentator.Mike Atherton is another example.This doesn't always work though.some of the muppets they bring in to be expert summarisers on 5live are terrible.A combination of Alan Green and Steve Claridge makes me want to chew off my feet.
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    jacks sorry mate but how you can write a sentence that includes "good commentator" when you're talking about golf?! There's nothing to comment on!! So being good at commentating on boredom......hmmm.... a mark of a true 'boreman' I would say!!

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  • 63. At 3:12pm on 10 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Quenten Lynch for overseas player of the year...
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    Have you been browsing the WCE site Jack... lol

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  • 64. At 3:16pm on 10 Dec 2009, Cathal wrote:

    58. notthenorms & 60. SouthernFairy

    I let out a rather audible chuckle at those two comments in an otherwise quiet office. I thank you, and curse you at the same time.

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  • 65. At 3:16pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    but when whats in front of you is a tennis playing cyborg sent back in time to save the planet from apocalyose one major at a time..... what do you do!

    Turn into Kyle Reese aka Nadal and beat him. Murray shouldn't get it unless he wins a grand slam

    Athletics are much of a muchness can't give it to Daley as even Gerrard & Ngog are better at his sport than he is

    As for darts - love playing it - can't stand watching it on TV.

    If you're going for sporting achievement then it has to be Giggsy who is the most decorated player in the history of English football.

    If you are going for personality then David Haye has that in abundance mouthing off at all sorts of people and then beating them (looks like he's watched the Keano and GNev guide to pre-match tact)

    Has to Be Giggsy for 3 reasons

    1 I genuinely think he deserves it after all he has achieved
    2. I haven't heard of half the others and the ones I have heard of haven't achieved any sustained success
    3. The howls of outrage from Merseyside would be fantastic to hear considering Stevie G hasn't been nominated.

    Methinks another TRP about Mancs vs Scouse coming on

    RYAN GIGGS FOR SPOTY

    Jacks I have an unlimited texts thing so will be using that to vote so no worries (tbh I never do TV votes as I never think it will make any difference)

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  • 66. At 3:19pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    65. At 3:16pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:
    Has to Be Giggsy for 3 reasons

    1 I genuinely think he deserves it after all he has achieved
    2. I haven't heard of half the others and the ones I have heard of haven't achieved any sustained success
    3. The howls of outrage from Merseyside would be fantastic to hear considering Stevie G hasn't been nominated.
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    And not forgetting the most important reason - he plays for Man Utd and in the world according to SAF they deserve to win everything. I bet if Giggs doesn't win we'll see SAF on TV complaining that the viewing public weren't fit enough to be making big decisions like this.

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  • 67. At 3:22pm on 10 Dec 2009, notthenorms wrote:

    Strauss for SPOTY - the ashes were a rollercoaster of emotions and the way we bounced back from some of the collapses must have taken a big personality in the dressing room.

    Gigsy should get some sort of lifetime achievement award - after he hangs up his boots.

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  • 68. At 3:22pm on 10 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    66.. You beat me to it Col

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  • 69. At 3:23pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    And not forgetting the most important reason - he plays for Man Utd and in the world according to SAF they deserve to win everything. I bet if Giggs doesn't win we'll see SAF on TV complaining that the viewing public weren't fit enough to be making big decisions like this.

    - ------------------------------------------

    No it'll be the ref's fault

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  • 70. At 3:25pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    It's a shock, though. I mean, what next? Roger Federer in choc-chip-cookie binge scandal? Pele admits to possession of Weakest Link box-set?

    Good one Robbo – quite funny there

    25. At 2:09pm on 10 Dec 2009, ColchesterFC wrote:
    19. At 2:02pm on 10 Dec 2009, followingborohurts wrote:
    Im still stunned by Boro's defeat by Blackpool the other night - and Colchester my bet didnt come off!!! Grrr
    ----------------------------------------------------
    Only I have the power to jinx teams. If anyone would like me to back their team's opposition this weekend just let me know

    So it was you that bet on Newcastle winning the title in 96 then – I bet Keegan Just Loved that

    #30 Beth Tweddle has been around so long she must be over 40, and she's winning medals in gymnastics.

    Do you get medals for starring in those sort of gymnastics films then

    # 35 – Jacks no waxygodfather isn’t me

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  • 71. At 3:25pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    note to adampsb and colchesterFC - thanks guys....for ruining the blog! I guess that now we are all in for the ManU v Liv, Giggs v Gerrard 'debate'. I use inverted commas with 'debate' as we all know ther will be no debate - it will just be Mancs screaming abuse one way, and Scousers the other with less middle ground than No Mans Land after the Battle of the Sommes, 1916!

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  • 72. At 3:28pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Following complaints there has been a revision to the nominations for this years SPoTY award. The ten nominees are now......
    1. Wes Brown
    2. Ryan Giggs
    3. Wayne Rooney
    4. Gary Neville
    5. Darren Gibson
    6. Rio Ferdinand
    7. Ben Foster
    8. Paul Scholes
    9. Owen Hargreaves
    10. Michael Owen

    The nominees for team of the year are now.....

    1. Manchester United
    2. Manchester United Reserves

    The nominees for coach of the year are now......

    1. Sir Alex Ferguson
    2. The Manchester United bus driver's vehicle

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  • 73. At 3:28pm on 10 Dec 2009, SouthernFairy wrote:

    Surely the award is about personality, and therefore Haye wins easily. If not then the only fair way is to let them have a 10 way last man standing fight...

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  • 74. At 3:30pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    71. At 3:25pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:
    note to adampsb and colchesterFC - thanks guys....for ruining the blog! I guess that now we are all in for the ManU v Liv, Giggs v Gerrard 'debate'.
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    At the risk of sounding childish - Well he started it!

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  • 75. At 3:31pm on 10 Dec 2009, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Robbo wrote:
    Why vote for Tom Daley? He's only 15, he's won gold, he seems a right nice lad and following Cristiano Ronaldo's departure to Milan is now officially the best diver in the country.

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    Didnt realise CR7 now plays for Milan??
    Come on, has nobody else spotted robbo's deliberate mistake to see if you all actually read his blog??

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  • 76. At 3:32pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Yep spotted it and so did Cathal in post 50 that's why I didn't mention it

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  • 77. At 3:32pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    the other with less middle ground than No Mans Land after the Battle of the Sommes, 1916!
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    That had loads of middle ground but when you bombard for hour swith artillery and then suddenly stop you may as well put on a loudspeaker to the Germans - our lads are now advancing please fire your machine guns.

    Would have bene better off bombarding a little further behind lines and advancing under that cover, cut the lines and then gone for it - unlike Douglas "who in the world ever let him think he was a military genius" Haig

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  • 78. At 3:33pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    72. At 3:28pm on 10 Dec 2009, ColchesterFC wrote:

    Following complaints there has been a revision to the nominations for this years SPoTY award. The ten nominees are now......
    1. Wes Brown
    2. Ryan Giggs
    3. Wayne Rooney
    4. Gary Neville
    5. Darren Gibson
    6. Rio Ferdinand
    7. Ben Foster
    8. Paul Scholes
    9. Owen Hargreaves
    10. Michael Owen

    The nominees for team of the year are now.....

    1. Manchester United
    2. Manchester United Reserves

    The nominees for coach of the year are now......

    1. Sir Alex Ferguson
    2. The Manchester United bus driver's vehicle
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    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

    Nice Colchester, but do you think that if the BBC did that, Sir Alex might actually start talking to them?!

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  • 79. At 3:34pm on 10 Dec 2009, LABSAB9 wrote:

    On the subject of best commentator there is only one.

    Mr Sid Waddell!!!

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  • 80. At 3:34pm on 10 Dec 2009, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    76. At 3:32pm on 10 Dec 2009, ColchesterFC wrote:
    Yep spotted it and so did Cathal in post 50 that's why I didn't mention it

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------

    School boy error - i missed that one!

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  • 81. At 3:35pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    I think you'll find waxygodfather started it.

    I have no problem with CFC's revised nominees in the slightest

    But shouldn't Steven Gerrard be representing the boxing world?

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  • 82. At 3:36pm on 10 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    My brain is drowning in alcohol and is no longer communicating properly with my fingers and eyelids... time for bed... night guys

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  • 83. At 3:37pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    79. At 3:34pm on 10 Dec 2009, LABSAB9 wrote:
    On the subject of best commentator there is only one.

    Mr Sid Waddell!!!
    -----------------------------------------------

    Please try and stay on topic. This is a blog about proper sports not bar room games. That's why so many people complain about the blog because people keep going off topic.

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  • 84. At 3:37pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Might have,Bo.Might have.
    BREAKING NEWS
    a NEW AWARD HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR "most derivative music
    the nominations are...The Pet Shop Boys and The Pet shop boys...

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  • 85. At 3:37pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    77. At 3:32pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:
    the other with less middle ground than No Mans Land after the Battle of the Sommes, 1916!
    ------------------------------

    That had loads of middle ground but when you bombard for hour swith artillery and then suddenly stop you may as well put on a loudspeaker to the Germans - our lads are now advancing please fire your machine guns.

    Would have bene better off bombarding a little further behind lines and advancing under that cover, cut the lines and then gone for it - unlike Douglas "who in the world ever let him think he was a military genius" Haig
    _________________________________________________________________________
    Alright, Adam, that takes the change of subject a little far! When I moaned about the onset of the ManU v Liv debate, I wasn't really expecting a political debate!! But bravo mate - lets see if it catches on - what are your political views Robbo?!! So what do we all think about the Copenhagen summit?!!.............anyone give a flying fig?!!

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  • 86. At 3:39pm on 10 Dec 2009, LABSAB9 wrote:

    83. At 3:37pm on 10 Dec 2009, ColchesterFC wrote:

    Please try and stay on topic. This is a blog about proper sports not bar room games. That's why so many people complain about the blog because people keep going off topic.


    That was the topic before i had to nip off (check 1st 20 posts) where are we now so i can join in!!!

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  • 87. At 3:39pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    @85 Surely at a summit on climate change nothing should be flying least of all the figs Tom. That's got to add to the carbon footprint.

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  • 88. At 3:40pm on 10 Dec 2009, notthenorms wrote:

    Back to the ManU v Pool normality

    Giggs will probably win next year after his 12th Prem title medal... combined with a CL trophy, to boot. Or maybe the year after on the unlucky 13th?

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  • 89. At 3:43pm on 10 Dec 2009, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    SPOTY 09 favourite should be George Burley - what a cracking job he did for Britain.....sorry England!!

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  • 90. At 3:44pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    83. At 3:37pm on 10 Dec 2009, ColchesterFC wrote:
    79. At 3:34pm on 10 Dec 2009, LABSAB9 wrote:
    On the subject of best commentator there is only one.

    Mr Sid Waddell!!!
    -----------------------------------------------

    Please try and stay on topic. This is a blog about proper sports not bar room games. That's why so many people complain about the blog because people keep going off topic.
    _________________________________________________________________________
    ....and this comment is immediately followed by jacks and I starting to talk about music and politics!! Sorry Colchester!
    But, if you're going to rule out bar room games, shouldn't we rule out pub football as well?........so bye bye Colchester FC!! Sorry again mate - I couldnt resist!

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  • 91. At 3:44pm on 10 Dec 2009, Joe wrote:

    #12, I have to disagree entirely with everything you said.
    Firstly, I don't think it would be an outrage if Ryan Giggs won. Contra Robbo, I do think this award should take into account the personalities involved, and Giggs' loyalty, dedication and good-sportsmanship for such a remarkable time in the best league in the world is truly remarkable.

    Secondly, you point to the fact that Button, Haye, Idowu and Ennis are all world champions. Yes, this is a relevant point, and kudos to them for doing so. But, Manchester United are also currently (until the tournament later this month) World Champions, thus so is Giggs.


    Also, I think it's right that a footballer should win this award every now and then. It *is* the most popular sport in the country by a massive stretch. There are probably more people regularly playing football in this country than there are heavyweight boxers, triple-jumpers or F1-drivers in the world. So, I'd say it's more remarkable to be top footballer in this country (and Giggs could be that, given his PFA Player of the Year award this year) than to be a world champion boxer, driver or jumper.

    Another thing that would count against Giggs is that he hasn't been able to represent his nation on the world stage, but I don't think we can legitimately blame him for the arrangement of international football (the home nations playing separately), which currently could only disadvantage Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish footballers. This, I imagine, is why the only footballers to win the award have been English, despite the notable Scottish (i.e. Denis Law) and Northern Irish (i.e. George Best) footballers we've had.

    Finally, just watch Giggs play these days. He has been fantastic in 2009, particularly in the last few months. On Saturday he will captain the United side against Aston Villa, breaking the amount of Premier League appearances for an outfielder (currently joint held by him and Gary Speed with 535), and I think you will see a solid professional and fantastic sportman.

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  • 92. At 3:47pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    87. At 3:39pm on 10 Dec 2009, ColchesterFC wrote:
    @85 Surely at a summit on climate change nothing should be flying least of all the figs Tom. That's got to add to the carbon footprint.
    ___________________________________________________________________________
    HAHAHA - very nice again mate!

    88. At 3:40pm on 10 Dec 2009, notthenorms wrote:
    Back to the ManU v Pool normality
    _________________________________________________________________________
    Surely a bloke with your name cannot write a sentence like that!! TOO ironic! I hope you at least meant it that way, but considering you just want to revert to the same old diatribe of ManU v Pool, I'm guessing maybe not!!

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  • 93. At 3:48pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Sid Wadell is a genius.I highly recommend his book"Bellies and Bullseyes".Quiz time,if the Power wins the 2010 world champs he will become only the 2nd player to win the wc in 3 different decades.Who's the other?

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  • 94. At 3:49pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    #91,Joe.JDR is that you?

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  • 95. At 3:49pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    @93 Eric Bristow, John Lowe, Jocky Wilson....... nope I'm out that's my entire darts knowledge

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  • 96. At 3:50pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Adam,what's the difference between Gary Neville's moustache and Edwin van der Sar?

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  • 97. At 3:51pm on 10 Dec 2009, LABSAB9 wrote:

    93 - Another dart player or another sportsman??

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  • 98. At 3:51pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    One of those 3 Col.The answer Adam is that one plays in front of a c*&^ and the other plays behind one.What would you do if both Giggsy and GNev got nominated?

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  • 99. At 3:52pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Darts LABS

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  • 100. At 3:53pm on 10 Dec 2009, WaxyGodfather wrote:

    At 3:35pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:
    I think you'll find waxygodfather started it.

    I have no problem with CFC's revised nominees in the slightest

    But shouldn't Steven Gerrard be representing the boxing world?

    ------------------------------------------

    Started what? I gave my opinion that Ryan Giggs should be SPOTY thats my opinion and im entitled to it. I gave resoning for my argument as well

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  • 101. At 3:55pm on 10 Dec 2009, LABSAB9 wrote:

    John Lowe

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  • 102. At 3:56pm on 10 Dec 2009, notthenorms wrote:

    Tom - didn't see that coming at all.
    I've been a silent observer for some time now and the ManU v Pool stuff does make me smile.
    Just when JDR started to lighten up and make some good points, he stopped posting.
    95. i got a smack on the nose for once mistaking someone for Eric Bristow - didn't realise what an insult it could be!

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  • 103. At 3:57pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Spot on LABs,ol' stoneface.Seeing as Jocky was mentioned,does anybody else remember Dexy's Midnight Runners performing on totp the song "Jackie Wilson Said" with the producers putting up a huge picture of Jocky Wilson.
    RBA,a darts blog is happening brother!!

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  • 104. At 3:58pm on 10 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    101/99/93... in 30 year it'll be three and the answer will be and James Wade


    for all budding pub quizers, print this off and keep it in your wallet till 2034.. it'll pay off trust me!

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  • 105. At 3:58pm on 10 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    79. At 3:34pm on 10 Dec 2009, LABSAB9 wrote:
    On the subject of best commentator there is only one.

    Mr Sid Waddell!!!

    When Jocky Wilson walks into one side of town Clint Eastwood walks out the other!!!

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  • 106. At 3:58pm on 10 Dec 2009, LABSAB9 wrote:

    Ha ha i remember that top of the pops absolute quality!!!

    Need to get this darts blog going!!

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  • 107. At 3:59pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    My fave Wadellism is "And he's rushing in like a fire engine going to the wrong fire..."

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  • 108. At 4:00pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Sid Wadell at his best..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aKiDZRGRGo&NR=1

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  • 109. At 4:01pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    When I moaned about the onset of the ManU v Liv debate, I wasn't really expecting a political debate
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    Actually that was more in the way of historical analysis - bit like Liverpool's title chances

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  • 110. At 4:06pm on 10 Dec 2009, danwolfman wrote:

    I think they should give it to me. My Aussie mates are always telling me i'm a good sport..

    boom boom

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  • 111. At 4:07pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    @110 Yeah but if you're an Aussie as well that disqualifies you on the grounds you don't have a personality

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  • 112. At 4:07pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    but I don't think we can legitimately blame him for the arrangement of international football (the home nations playing separately), which currently could only disadvantage Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish footballers.
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    It disadvantages England a little cos we could still really do with Giggs on the left (and it'll let me select 1 more man utd player for England (still need a LB though)

    Was thinking the other day - what if Fabio oges for 3-5-2 we could have a team of

    James
    GNeville, Terry, Ferdinand
    Beckham, Lampard, Hargreaves, Gerrard, ashley Cole
    Rooney, Owen

    bit like Euro 96 Venables formation and that was an excellent tournament for us

    Waxy - reasoned debate cuts no ice with scousers they are impervious to it

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  • 113. At 4:08pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    or should that be allergic to it

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  • 114. At 4:08pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    On a serious note about the whole Giggsy SPOTY debate - not that I personally think it should be like this, but if you look at the list of winners, they tend to be those that have contributed to Britain's sport and its success so you get team leaders like Flintoff and Jonny Wilkinson, boxing/F1 winners as they are individual world beaters, and random Olympic gold medallists like Chris Hoy. So, what has Giggs done for Britain? Yes, Britain, not ManU! As Wilkinson, Flintoff etc. only did well for England not GB, I would have to look at Giggsy's contribution to Wales' football - can anyone remember Giggs actually playing well for Wales and leading them to, well, anything?! To me, he always seemed to see Wales games as a nuisance that got in the way of his true patriotic love - SAF and ManU!

    So, can he/should he win the award?

    P.S. I am a Gooner not a Scouse and so I have no pro-Gerrard, ManU hating agenda!

    P.S.S. OK that's a lie - I hate ManU too!!

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  • 115. At 4:11pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    109. At 4:01pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:
    When I moaned about the onset of the ManU v Liv debate, I wasn't really expecting a political debate
    --------------------

    Actually that was more in the way of historical analysis - bit like Liverpool's title chances
    ___________________________________________________________________________
    OK I'll let that Liv v ManU dig go Adam - that did make me chuckle!!

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  • 116. At 4:12pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    112. At 4:07pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:
    Was thinking the other day - what if Fabio oges for 3-5-2 we could have a team of

    James
    GNeville, Terry, Ferdinand
    Beckham, Lampard, Hargreaves, Gerrard, ashley Cole
    Rooney, Owen
    -------------------------------------------------

    Hang on a minute Adam, that team's got 5 players with no link to Man Utd in it. you'll have to put Foster in for James, Wes Brown in for Terry and Scholes in for Lampard. Still need 2 more though for Gerrard and Cole

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  • 117. At 4:15pm on 10 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    114. At 4:08pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:
    On a serious note about
    Sorry Tom I didnt read the rest of it :-)

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  • 118. At 4:15pm on 10 Dec 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    43. At 2:46pm on 10 Dec 2009, dstewart20 wrote:
    Robbo out of interest what do you make of the Ginger Whinger that is Strachan? Do you think he can do enough to hoist the might Boro out of the Smog above Teeside and into cloud City? Or will they pass Leeds on the way down in a few years?

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Actually I do have a soft spot for Strachan, not least cos I met him once and he's a funny man. (In a good way). If he lifts us out of the smog will only die of excess oxygen intake so me, I just hope he keeps us in the shake-up til the end of the season. Although I have a sneaking suspicion we might join the resuscitated Geordies back up into the top flight.

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  • 119. At 4:16pm on 10 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    Oxygen -can any one clarify???

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  • 120. At 4:17pm on 10 Dec 2009, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    116. At 4:12pm on 10 Dec 2009, ColchesterFC wrote:
    112. At 4:07pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:
    Was thinking the other day - what if Fabio oges for 3-5-2 we could have a team of

    James
    GNeville, Terry, Ferdinand
    Beckham, Lampard, Hargreaves, Gerrard, ashley Cole
    Rooney, Owen
    -------------------------------------------------

    Hang on a minute Adam, that team's got 5 players with no link to Man Utd in it. you'll have to put Foster in for James, Wes Brown in for Terry and Scholes in for Lampard. Still need 2 more though for Gerrard and Cole

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    Add Carrick and your almost there!

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  • 121. At 4:17pm on 10 Dec 2009, danwolfman wrote:

    Colchester - Not Aussie, but a haggis muncher living in London, so i do indeed qualify

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  • 122. At 4:18pm on 10 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    91. At 3:44pm on 10 Dec 2009, Joe wrote:
    Finally, just watch Giggs play these days. He has been fantastic in 2009, particularly in the last few months. On Saturday he will captain the United side against Aston Villa, breaking the amount of Premier League appearances for an outfielder (currently joint held by him and Gary Speed with 535), and I think you will see a solid professional and fantastic sportman.
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    Joe, is your surname Giggs Snr?

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  • 123. At 4:19pm on 10 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    Danwolfman - any relation to Bernie (I talk a load of spite filled ribbish) Wolfman Slaven ... only coz you seem to be scottish .. a bit like Ipswich ... or Norwich ... or ........

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  • 124. At 4:20pm on 10 Dec 2009, LABSAB9 wrote:

    Sid Waddell classic - The players are under so much duress, it's like duressic park out there

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  • 125. At 4:20pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    117. At 4:15pm on 10 Dec 2009, followingborohurts wrote:
    114. At 4:08pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:
    On a serious note about
    Sorry Tom I didnt read the rest of it :-)
    ___________________________________________________________________________
    HAHA! Yep, I should've started with "Giggs sucks", "Giggs sucks Neville's c%&k" or "Gerrard's a bigger legend than Giggs anyday" if I wanted people to read and comment!! Silly me!

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  • 126. At 4:20pm on 10 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    What is this ? A Ryan Giggs love fest????

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  • 127. At 4:22pm on 10 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Who.?..What..?..Why..?...When..?...How...?...

    S.P.o.T.Y. What a waste of space. Luckily I'm doing a bit of decorating around the house, so I'll have a nice freshly painted wall to watch dry.

    Did enjoy the blog though, thanks for the links to the nominees, otherwise I wouldn't have had a clue how most of them were. Ryan Giggs? Who the heck is that?

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  • 128. At 4:22pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Unless you were Shane Warne - personality in abundance that lad has

    He's fat, he's round, he bounces on the ground, Shane Warne, Shane Warne.

    Although here are some class cricket quotes

    The aim of English cricket is, in fact, mainly to beat Australia.
    Jim Laker

    I know plenty of professionals whom I would delight to have as guests in my home, but I'm afraid I cannot say the same thing about most Australians I have met.
    AW Carr

    The traditional dress of the Australian cricketer is the baggy green cap on the head and the chip on the shoulder. Both are ritualistically assumed.
    Simon Barnes writing for The Times

    And one of Warnes best

    "You got an MBE, right? For scoring seven at the Oval? That's embarrassing." Warne couldn't resist a little dig at Paul Collingwood

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  • 129. At 4:23pm on 10 Dec 2009, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 130. At 4:24pm on 10 Dec 2009, danwolfman wrote:

    followingborohurts

    I, afraid no relation to 'Bernie'...Im just Dan Wolfman, and related to the wild pack

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  • 131. At 4:27pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    116. At 4:12pm on 10 Dec 2009, ColchesterFC wrote:
    112. At 4:07pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:
    Was thinking the other day - what if Fabio oges for 3-5-2 we could have a team of

    James
    GNeville, Terry, Ferdinand
    Beckham, Lampard, Hargreaves, Gerrard, ashley Cole
    Rooney, Owen
    -------------------------------------------------

    Hang on a minute Adam, that team's got 5 players with no link to Man Utd in it. you'll have to put Foster in for James, Wes Brown in for Terry and Scholes in for Lampard. Still need 2 more though for Gerrard and Cole
    ---------------------------------------

    Could bring in Carrick but the Left wing is still a problem - what about Phil Neville that should do it

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  • 132. At 4:29pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    OK - so we are agreed Sid Waddell is the best commentator, right?

    Therefore, his words should be definitive on the debate for SPOTY. ONe only needs to point to this Waddell classic:

    "I consider Phil Taylor to be a better all-round athlete than Ryan Giggs."

    Done. Nuff said. The fat bloke wins!

    P.S. True quote (source Wikipedia!)

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  • 133. At 4:29pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    @128 The best cricket quote ever has to be the exchange between Glenn McGrath and Eddo Brandes. Brandes came out to bat wearing loads of protective gear. McGrath "Hey eddo why are you so fat?". Brandes "Coz every time I ***k your missus she gives me a biscuit". Even the Aussie fielders fell about laughing

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  • 134. At 4:29pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    131,Adam.Would you keep F.C or bring in a new manager?

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  • 135. At 4:30pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    or..... "Jocky Wilson ... what an athlete."

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  • 136. At 4:32pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    Scotch mate - good afternoon! A late arrival and already modded on your first blog!! Nice mate, nice!

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  • 137. At 4:32pm on 10 Dec 2009, LABSAB9 wrote:

    133 - That is a classic line!!!

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  • 138. At 4:32pm on 10 Dec 2009, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Parrott in the room!

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  • 139. At 4:34pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    Another Waddell classic - and this one sounds like he might have meant it as there is no evidence of irony or a punch line:

    "Darts players are probably a lot fitter than most footballers in overall body strength..."

    Sure, mate, sure!!

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  • 140. At 4:36pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    So we're all agreed then. The England team for the world cup should be......

    Foster, G. Neville, Brown, Ferdinand, Beckham, Carrick, Scholes, Hargreaves, P. Neville, Rooney, Owen.

    And we should get rid of FC and bring in SAF as manager and find a place on the subs bench for Bobby Charlton.

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  • 141. At 4:37pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    138. At 4:32pm on 10 Dec 2009, United-Red wrote:

    Parrott in the room!
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    Sorry, but can someone explain - I don't get it!

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  • 142. At 4:38pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Lawro has predicted a Liverpool draw on Sunday -which is a pretty fair assessment although if he'd tried to predict an Arsenal win his inbuilt Liverpool must not lose sensor would have kicked in like Gan off Blakes 7 and fried his brain.

    Has he ever predicted a Liverpool defeat by the way?

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  • 143. At 4:39pm on 10 Dec 2009, Little_Scouse_on_the_Prairie wrote:

    Hey Robbo,

    You're dead on with Tiger. The reason the media is going to town on this is because he projects the perfect image. If John Daley had the same scandal nobody would care.

    Perhaps Tiger is worthy of his own blog though. When he wins he is always forthcoming in his press conferences to talk about how well he played. Ironically he has a chance to talk about a few more well played holes, but for once we're not hearing from him about it.

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  • 144. At 4:40pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    140,Col.What kit do you think we should play in?

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  • 145. At 4:40pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    134. At 4:29pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:
    131,Adam.Would you keep F.C or bring in a new manager?
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    I'd keep Fabio as SAF would never do it although I could get Bryan Robson but he'd have to do as he was told (by me)

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  • 146. At 4:40pm on 10 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    Colchester - I read your post 10mins ago - and Im still lol!!!

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  • 147. At 4:41pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    141. At 4:37pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    138. At 4:32pm on 10 Dec 2009, United-Red wrote:

    Parrott in the room!
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    Sorry, but can someone explain - I don't get it!
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    I think he's getting his darts and snooker mixed up...

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  • 148. At 4:42pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    @144 Not sure but I think we should change it regularly just to fleece more money out of the fans. Maybe red in the first match, a nice grey number for the second match and white for the third match. Three different kits should be enough and then they can fly home

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  • 149. At 4:42pm on 10 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    142 Adam, if he has, then I must of missed it.

    He almost always predicts draws for the "top 4" clashes too.

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  • 150. At 4:43pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    in a dark call centre near Newcastle...
    Adam:"Now then Bryan,I've been thinking.I like the team you've picked.And well done on getting Evra that British passport,but I'm concerned about the music being played on the bus to the game.....

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  • 151. At 4:43pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    140. At 4:36pm on 10 Dec 2009, ColchesterFC wrote:
    So we're all agreed then. The England team for the world cup should be......

    Foster, G. Neville, Brown, Ferdinand, Beckham, Carrick, Scholes, Hargreaves, P. Neville, Rooney, Owen.

    And we should get rid of FC and bring in SAF as manager and find a place on the subs bench for Bobby Charlton.
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    Just to get the Scouse response out of the way I shall write it for them:

    Errmmmm, what ya saying man? This should be the team:

    Gerrard......errmmmm......Johnson....Carragher.....ok screw it! Gerrard's all we need - we can take 'em on with 3 players - we got Stevie!

    (which, btw, is a summary of Liverpool's tactics over the last few years)

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  • 152. At 4:44pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Although Lawro has come up with this corker about Aquilani

    He played 76 minutes against Fiorentina on Wednesday and Rafael Benitez will probably decide the Italian needs 23 weeks to recover!

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  • 153. At 4:44pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    148,Col.Do you think the grey shirt would go well with jeans?

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  • 154. At 4:46pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    150. At 4:43pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:
    in a dark call centre near Newcastle...
    Adam:"Now then Bryan,I've been thinking.I like the team you've picked.And well done on getting Evra that British passport,but I'm concerned about the music being played on the bus to the game.....


    I'll concede to that one - would have to be Go West and other Football songs derived from it

    Tom - How did you manage to get your hands on Rafa's tactics book?

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  • 155. At 4:48pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    154. At 4:46pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Tom - How did you manage to get your hands on Rafa's tactics book?
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    I am friends with SAF! lol

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  • 156. At 4:50pm on 10 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Adam, I just checked it out.

    Have you ever seen such a long comment on his predictions page?

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  • 157. At 4:52pm on 10 Dec 2009, Little_Scouse_on_the_Prairie wrote:

    Reply to 154 and 155....

    Rafa's tactics "book"? I thought it was a 2 page flyer........and I'm a Liverpool fan so therefore I am giving him more credit that he is due.

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  • 158. At 4:53pm on 10 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    IN RAFA WE TRUST...


    the motto of 19 out of 20 premier league clubs!

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  • 159. At 4:55pm on 10 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Sorry i have been busy at the work, i have made a complaint! So i thought i'd chip in with some anti-rafa slogans...

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  • 160. At 4:56pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    157. At 4:52pm on 10 Dec 2009, Little_Scouse_on_the_Prairie wrote:
    Reply to 154 and 155....

    Rafa's tactics "book"? I thought it was a 2 page flyer........and I'm a Liverpool fan so therefore I am giving him more credit that he is due.
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    Yep, definitely too much credit - it's not 2 pages, it's 2 words:
    1) Gerrard
    2) Stevie

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  • 161. At 5:01pm on 10 Dec 2009, Little_Scouse_on_the_Prairie wrote:

    157. At 4:52pm on 10 Dec 2009, Little_Scouse_on_the_Prairie wrote:
    Reply to 154 and 155....

    Rafa's tactics "book"? I thought it was a 2 page flyer........and I'm a Liverpool fan so therefore I am giving him more credit that he is due.
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    Yep, definitely too much credit - it's not 2 pages, it's 2 words:
    1) Gerrard
    2) Stevie

    I thought the two pages had a a sentence on each page:

    1. Kick to Gerrard, or kick it to Torres
    2. Lucas and Kuyt play a full 90 no matter what

    Sounds mean spirited, jut very disillusioned with my once great club right now.

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  • 162. At 5:02pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    156. At 4:50pm on 10 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:
    Adam, I just checked it out.

    Have you ever seen such a long comment on his predictions page
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    No it's almost like he was itching to write that Liverpool would win but knew it would be a draw but couldn't justify it to himself

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  • 163. At 5:02pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    @161 So do you think Rafa should go then? And if so who would you want to come in to replace him?

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  • 164. At 5:07pm on 10 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Paul Hart

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  • 165. At 5:13pm on 10 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    162 Adam, luckily it was only a comment and not a whole blog, I had the feeling that if he had carried on writing, then the, for him, unthinkable would of happened and he would of made a Liverpool defeat prediction.
    The sky would have darkened, thunder rumbled, lightning flashed. Darth Pulis and his four mates would have mounted their horses. Screams of "the end is nigh" would of been heard across the globe.

    Luckioly the score 1-1 was typed.

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  • 166. At 5:36pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    2. At 1:35pm on 10 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    MAte, a good read robbo... gonna be difficult to turn this in to 4700000 posts about united and arsenal...
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    Wise words my friend

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  • 167. At 5:58pm on 10 Dec 2009, Little_Scouse_on_the_Prairie wrote:

    Colchester FC

    It's a conundrum......the bottom line for me is that Rafa has always hung his reputation on his ability to do well in the Champions League, and this year we produce our lowest points tally in history, with a squad that has been weakened by injuries, but has by no means been our weakest squad. Something is wrong at the club, and it's showing. I think the club is almost stuck with Rafa due to the new contract, but the question remains is the damage to the club worth the losses we're taking in other areas? I also believe our progression of young talent is not being brought to the first team, and we have given some good talent that we have bought little chance to thrive, while players with no talent are given well beyond the graces they deserve to wear the red shirt and start.

    If I did want a replacement for Rafa....I would have to start with the dreamers choice and say Hiddink. The guy just knows how to manage and get the job done. I wouldn't say no to Mourinho either. As much as I hated him while he was at Chelski I think one thing that needs to change at Liverpool is the psychology and Mourinho could bring some much needed swagger to the club. He made Chelski feel invincible, and I think he could have a similar effect at Liverpool.

    So that's it. The Special One.........or the Truly Special One in my book. Anyone else is probably not up to the challenge of digging us out of the hole we're in.

    Plus Hicks and Gillett packing up their tents and moving on is not a bad idea either. We have another year like this and we will lose Gerrard, and probably Torres.

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  • 168. At 6:03pm on 10 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    161. At 5:01pm on 10 Dec 2009, Little_Scouse_on_the_Prairie wrote:

    Sounds mean spirited, jut very disillusioned with my once great club right now.

    Us Boro fans know how you feel mate ... sort of

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  • 169. At 6:07pm on 10 Dec 2009, Shayo wrote:

    You've got to laugh at someone suggesting a darts player...crikey, it's not even a sport is it? How can it be, if you can actually put weight on while you're playing?!

    As for being "outraged"....does anyone know what the criteria are for "sports personality of the year"? Obviously it's nothing to do with personality, as you've not had time to develop one at age 15.

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  • 170. At 6:14pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    167. At 5:58pm on 10 Dec 2009, Little_Scouse_on_the_Prairie wrote:

    I also believe our progression of young talent is not being brought to the first team, and we have given some good talent that we have bought little chance to thrive, while players with no talent are given well beyond the graces they deserve to wear the red shirt and start.
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    How about this for a thought - Rafa has never been a developer of young talent - just ask Ryan Babel - but do you think the new owners have insisted he start doing so as they have no money? Therefore, Rafa has been told "to do it the Wenger way". Unfortunately (for Liverpool) Benitez took that to mean he should be stubborn in his beliefs and refuse to change something that is clearly not working because, if he did, it would prove those that called for change right, and so he can only stick to his "principles" a la Wenger.

    Well, thats the only reason I can see for the continuation of Lucas, Insua, Skertel etc.

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  • 171. At 6:18pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    169. At 6:07pm on 10 Dec 2009, Shayo wrote:

    You've got to laugh at someone suggesting a darts player...crikey, it's not even a sport is it?
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    Let's have a look at what the great Sid says on the subject...
    http://www.skysports.com/opinion/story/0,25212,12535_4759824,00.html

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  • 172. At 6:24pm on 10 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    Jack - loved you rlink to the great sid on youtube !!!

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  • 173. At 6:31pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    @167 LSotP Do you think Mourinho would go to Liverpool if he didn't have money to spend. Yes he was succesful at Chelski but most of that success was bought by Abramovich

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  • 174. At 6:37pm on 10 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Thanks FBH.Bit worried about Blackpool on Saturday after what they did to your brave lads...

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  • 175. At 6:41pm on 10 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    They were quite shapr on the break ... my only piece of advice is gie wheater and st ledger a rest ... oh no thats us!!!

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  • 176. At 6:47pm on 10 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    167/173 I agree with CFC, I don't think that Mourinho would make a good L'pool manager, at Chelsea the spine of the team was already there and he had the recources to build on that. L'pool at the moment has neither.

    Guus Hiddink is a great manager, but is still on Abromovich's pay roll. Can't see RA "allowing" GH to go to a rival PL team.

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  • 177. At 6:51pm on 10 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Something about Spurs today.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/t/tottenham_hotspur/8406927.stm

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    Not really news given that's what we largely did in the last transfer window, and TBH selling Bently and Pava on for some fresh blood can only be a good thing.

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  • 178. At 6:52pm on 10 Dec 2009, Little_Scouse_on_the_Prairie wrote:

    @173.

    Agreed Mourinho did have an advantage with money and players, but Chelski had a very healthy squad under the tinker man, and did not do as well.

    I think the casing point though is the Scolari era. If you have the wrong man in charge it can turn sour no matter how strong your squad is. Hiddink came in, and Chelski got back on track. I think Ancelotti has benefited from Hiddink's brief tenure, but some of that is starting to wear off.

    You have the right man in charge, you get results. I hate to say it but the best evidence of that is SAF. When you consider that over the last 10 years ManUre has lost Keane, Van Nistlerooy, Cantona, Ronaldo and Beckham, and still been successful is testament to Fergie and his hairdryer.

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  • 179. At 6:56pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    For me and possibly Jacks as well the best manager of recent times is Paul Lambert. There's rumours down this way that Norwich will be told to cough up over a million in compensation for taking our manager and that might be enough to put Norwich into administration. That got to please Ips**t fans like Jacks.

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  • 180. At 6:57pm on 10 Dec 2009, sabre86 wrote:

    Giggs is a damn good role model for young footballers around the world and he is the most decorated player in England...but I don't think that he should get SPOTY. He hasn't done as much as the other contenders for me. Don't get me wrong, he is still a world class footballer but the is an award for achievments during the year. Giggs should get an award for being such a succesful footballer and incredible role model. Not SPoTY.

    I'm torn between Straussy as I'm a life long cricket fan and Jenson Button as I've met the guy, and he is a really good bloke. We had a quick chat and he was genuinly interested in what I had to say. Top bloke.

    And guys, lay off Fergie. Yeah, he's controversal but he's a brilliant manager. He dug MUFC our of trouble in the late 80s and turned them back into a world class team. He wasn't given money to do it, he did it the hard way. Clever buys, good management and bringing youngsters through.

    Before you as, I'm a Brighton fan, so I'm not just another MUFC standing up for Fergie.

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  • 181. At 6:59pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    @180 So what's your prediction for the big game tomorrow night then sabretooth?

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  • 182. At 7:01pm on 10 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    All I am looking for now is a way to smuggle the gum to fergie's pack.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/6768473/Student-killed-by-exploding-chewing-gum.html

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  • 183. At 7:03pm on 10 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    182. At 7:01pm on 10 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

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    One for the Darwin Awards methinks ...

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  • 184. At 7:07pm on 10 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    182, Molotov flavour?

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  • 185. At 7:14pm on 10 Dec 2009, fairground wrote:

    giggs shouldnt even finish in the top 9,its spoty award not longest career award.

    as for the guy who said that strachan has no personality i suggest that you google gordon strachan quotes,you will be in stitches when you read them

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  • 186. At 7:25pm on 10 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    SPotY - from the above - its a boring event of little or no merit and very much open to manipulatio ... especially when the Royals can win ... I mean the only one with a personality is Prince Phillip ... a racist elitist biggoted personlaity?????!!!!!!!

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  • 187. At 7:27pm on 10 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    H2H: I was also amused by Lawro's comments on Liverpool v Arsenal.


    Personally I will be glad if we return with a point. And his comments on lack of an Arsenal front man, well who needs one when we have Arshavin?

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  • 188. At 7:27pm on 10 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    Whose that knocking on me front door - its either special branch or strachan asking if I can play full back on subday ( I cant - mama mia here I come) ... if its the former will you spread my ashes on the turf of the riverside...

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  • 189. At 7:33pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    FBH are you still there or have you been carted off to the Tower for 186? Don't worry i'm putting together a special team to storm the Tower and release you in time to get to the game at the weekend. We will get you to the ball on time.

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  • 190. At 7:36pm on 10 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    Colch - think I managed to hold them off. They heard the Colchester FC Massive and did a runner for reinforcement

    AS for my post - maybe I was a bit harsh - Diana had a person,,. uurrgh

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  • 191. At 7:37pm on 10 Dec 2009, TheTomTyke wrote:

    Cavendish or Strauss. Cav should win it but unfortunately most people are unaware of what he achieved this year. Shame.

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  • 192. At 7:52pm on 10 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    187 Spit, I'm quietly confident about Sunday.
    L'pools big boys are not 100% and a lot of their first team played last night (I think, it's hard to tell) whereas most of our first XI were rested.

    Both squads have been hit by injuries, it's just that we seem to be coping that little bit better, I think it's how Wenger manages his squad that is the major difference, all Arsenal players know there roles and the team always play to a plan, "the Arsenal way" I suppose you could call it.
    Liverpool on the other hand have a few good/great players but they lack structure, Rafa still doesn't seem to know how to get the best out of his squad and his tactics seem to be off lately.

    Ofcourse with these kind of matches the form book goes out the window, and last year we drew twice. Here's hoping our Andrey can get 4 again this time around, without us shipping the same amount.
    Should be a cracker.


    ps, thanks for the pp link, but the vid had been removed.

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  • 193. At 7:54pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    191. At 7:37pm on 10 Dec 2009, TheTomTyke wrote:
    Cavendish or Strauss. Cav should win it but unfortunately most people are unaware of what he achieved this year. Shame.
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    Cavendish will never win because the British public couldn't give a flying fig about dull sports that are decided by how many drugs you take.

    Oh yeah - one more thing - he entered the Tour de France right? Where did he finish overall?! I know its a British award and we love a plucky loser, but all he won was the sprints. What's next? Carrick winning it because he's the best at passing the ball sideways?

    Lets save this award for winners - there's only one for me and she's even won over the hearts of the British public, including an Olympic heartbreak history - a must-have for SPoTY wannabees - Jessica Ennis all the way!

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  • 194. At 7:57pm on 10 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    193. At 7:54pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    "a must-have for SPoTY wannabees.............."

    An audition for Idols?

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  • 195. At 8:01pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Come on Tom, this isn't the X-Factor we're talking about. Just because the girls got a good sob story doesn't mean she should win it. If she's going to win it should be becaue she's hot.

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  • 196. At 8:02pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    Just looked it up - Cavendish finished an impressive 131st!! Now I'm not knocking his talent, and if he wins a few gold in the sprints in 2012 then great! But the fact is he entered a competition and finished 131st - nuff said!

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  • 197. At 8:03pm on 10 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    Sticking to Arshavin, given that he is all 5'4" tall, I did not know they guy was a good header of the ball too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKklu8CgqS4

    You just know he is a top bloke and would be fun to have him by for a drink

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  • 198. At 8:05pm on 10 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    195, CFC, politically correct as always mate. ;)

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  • 199. At 8:08pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Well that's the only reason Zara Phillips won it H2H. Her horse did all the work but they gave Zara the award for "looking pretty sitting on the back of a horse and not falling off"

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  • 200. At 8:09pm on 10 Dec 2009, TerryFBH wrote:

    http://leaguecup50.com/default.aspx

    I know which one Im voting for!!!

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  • 201. At 8:09pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:

    195. At 8:01pm on 10 Dec 2009, ColchesterFC wrote:
    Come on Tom, this isn't the X-Factor we're talking about. Just because the girls got a good sob story doesn't mean she should win it. If she's going to win it should be becaue she's hot.
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    Well you know the British public - it's rarely down to actual sporting talent - now a good looking lassie with a good British story - now there's a Zara Phillips style winner!

    Plus, Ennis is world champion!

    Plus, she's world champion in the all-round competition. So really she's the best female athlete in the world. Giving it to Cavendish would be the athletics equivalent of saying the best athlete is that fat bloke who lobs the shotput!

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  • 202. At 8:10pm on 10 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    197, Some of his intervews crack me up.
    PC must not be important in Russia.

    article-1136301/Arshavin-says-hed-ban-women-drivers--Arsenals-12m-new-boy-reveals-nearly-killed-car.html

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  • 203. At 8:11pm on 10 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    RE 202


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1136301/Arshavin-says-hed-ban-women-drivers--Arsenals-12m-new-boy-reveals-nearly-killed-car.html

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  • 204. At 8:13pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    @201 Well spotted, that's exactly what I meant by "hot" Tom. I meant in terms of her performance and results over the last year.

    Phew, think I got away with it.

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  • 205. At 8:17pm on 10 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    200 fbh, I was at Wembely for the 86/87 final, I came back to London from Spain especially to see it.

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  • 206. At 8:21pm on 10 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    192. At 7:52pm on 10 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

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    Lol yeah, what was it with Arsenal and 8 goal thrillers last season? They did the same vs Spurs I seem to remember.

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  • 207. At 8:24pm on 10 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    206, Star we laid that ghost to rest on Halloween. Now for Anfeild.

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  • 208. At 8:38pm on 10 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    re 203:

    I just wish the Arsenal team had more players like Arshavin and Vermaelen. Tough and not afraid to rough up the opponent if need be, all the while playing the pretty game. Enjoyed it how Vermaelen got up Terry's by giving him some dose of his own medicine. But i guess it comes with age and experience.

    Fabregas is getting there. Walcott and Ramsey seem too much of nice guys to do so, but they should also be tough to wind up.

    Ah well. Vela, Eduardo, Watt, Song, Bendtner, Denilson, Robin van Persie, Walcott, Fabianski, Ramsey and Wilshere have all recently signed new long-term extensions.

    Slowly but surely a teem is assembling at Holloway. its about time too

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  • 209. At 9:29pm on 10 Dec 2009, Matt - Keith Lambs No1 fan wrote:

    I've already cast my vote this year. It's not for SPOTY, but for PFPOTY which to the uninitiated is the Perfectly Formed Posterior Of The Year award !

    There is only one winner from that list, Jessica Ennis walks that award in my eyes, & believe me I have spent a whole lot of time studying her form ;-)

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  • 210. At 9:51pm on 10 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Re 208
    Arshavin is in a league of his own he can be frustrating and briliant in equal proportions. Sometimes he looks like a lost child, with his shirt tucked into his slightly too highly pulled up shorts, wandering seemingly aimlessly around the pitch and then within a flash he'll pull out a pass or a shot that leaves you thinking how the heck did he do that? He proved last week against Stoke that you don't have to be big to be a striker as long as your smart.

    As for the Verminator, he's as hard as he looks, real commitment and spirit, definetly the missing link in our defence and forged an almost immeadiate understanding with Galles. To be honest, I was pretty surprised that he's done so well, because I didn't really rate him when he was at Ajax.

    Both were great signings from Wenger and I hope (pray) that he can pull off another one or two during the transfer window.

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  • 211. At 9:53pm on 10 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    There are far too many long football related posts here today, I have been reading through them sinse 6.30 (your time) and only just got to the end.

    Can we keep the posts to simple one liner's and occasionally go off topic. Thanks guys.

    ----------------
    @110 Yeah but if you're an Aussie as well that disqualifies you on the grounds you don't have a personality
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    Quickly going off you Col. Dan just happens to be a discerning chap when it comes to his friends.

    Adam already off you, so you are free to make as many jokes about the aussies as you please.

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  • 212. At 10:12pm on 10 Dec 2009, you wrote:

    Re 210:

    As for the Verminator, he's as hard as he looks, real commitment and spirit, definetly the missing link in our defence and forged an almost immeadiate understanding with Galles. To be honest, I was pretty surprised that he's done so well, because I didn't really rate him when he was at Ajax.

    _________________________________

    Sometime you need right kind of players around you to ge the best out of the player. Its a team game after all.

    I think we only need two 25/26 year old players at the moment. A strong holding mid and a strong, tall striker thats also good with his feet. there arent many around. Not everyone can be as good as Ronaldo and Torres but Wenger must try.


    And may be our midfielders should start trying to shoot from distance as well. you know , just to keep the opponents guessing

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  • 213. At 10:21pm on 10 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    @167 LSotP Do you think Mourinho would go to Liverpool if he didn't have money to spend. Yes he was succesful at Chelski but most of that success was bought by Abramovich
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    Can't disagree entirely with you there Col... Abramovich made a huge contribution to the success with his billions... but no Chelsea manager before or since Mourinho has managed to be as successful as he.

    It is a similar situation at City. In my opinion, while Hughes is there I don't see them being hugely success no matter the amount of money that is put into the team.

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  • 214. At 10:23pm on 10 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Zebede, come out, come out wherever you are.

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  • 215. At 10:24pm on 10 Dec 2009, redpreacherman wrote:

    A word in defence of Mark Cavendish. Before looking at his overall position and writing him off it is necessary to consider his role within Team Columbia - HTC.
    Cavendish was the designated rider for the "Green Jersey" awarded for the highest points scorer in the sprints and points competition. His final final finish in 2nd place just 10 points behind the eventual winner is considered by experts who know more about the tour than I do to be a real triumph.
    The final stage of the tour is considered to be the unofficial world sprint championship and Mark Cavendish was the winner.
    On that basis I suggest he is worthy of his top ten place in SPOTY.

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  • 216. At 10:26pm on 10 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    G'day preach, havn''t seen you here for a day or two... been ok?

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  • 217. At 10:29pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    @213 Evening Bo and apologies for my previous post on Aussies. In my defence I forgot you were one of them.
    I wasn't trying to suggest that Mourinho wasn't a good manager and agree with you on Hughes at Man City. Maybe the solution to both problems is right there in front of us. Man City sack Hughes and get Mourinho who will then have the money to do at Man City what he did at Chelsea

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  • 218. At 10:34pm on 10 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I think you are right Col... If Mourinho went to City, they would be a force in the PL... although at the moment Arseanl are finding them a bit of a handful.

    No need to apologise mate, I was only kidding with my post anyway... I agree with you that some Aussies certainly lack personality. I am not an Aussie mate, I have declined the operation up to now.

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  • 219. At 10:35pm on 10 Dec 2009, redpreacherman wrote:

    G'day Bo! Wasn't brilliant yesterday, even with help could not keep awake long enough to string two words together never mind a sentence or two.
    I've also been a bit disappointed with the quality of some of the blogging this last day or two and as I didn't really have anything of significance to add I've sat back and had a chuckle when I wasn't falling headfirst into my keyboard.

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  • 220. At 10:38pm on 10 Dec 2009, Colchester_FC wrote:

    With Mourinho back in the PL it would certainly be more interesting. And then it would definitely be 5 teams looking for 4 CL places and the way things are going at the moment I'd definitely think Liverpool would be the team to miss out. Even with Hughes it still looks like it will be tight to the end of the season for 4th spot.

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  • 221. At 10:43pm on 10 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Nice to see you back anyway preach.. I have to hold my hand up for contributing to the lessening of the quality of the posts.

    Col, I agree with you... I would prefer Mourhinho go to City... and Liverpool would appear to be the team to miss out at the moment.

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  • 222. At 10:55pm on 10 Dec 2009, NEARPOSTHEADER wrote:

    Dear Robbo, would it be too much trouble to send me an advanced copy of you blog; the problem with living 6 hours behind Greenwich is that by the time I read your venerable scribblings, the postings have gone so far off the thread that it's pointless commenting.
    Or maybe you should simply blog about Man U, Rafa and Liverpool's woes, will Citeh break into the Hallowed Top Four, the Pet Shop Boys, and save all the messin' abaht.
    By the way, Little Scouse on the Prairie - great monicker.
    Ryan Giggs for Sports Personality? A contradiction in terms. Best Shirt-Twirling Hairy-Chested Goal Celebration? Hands down winner.

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  • 223. At 11:01pm on 10 Dec 2009, you wrote:

    re 222: ditto your support for a hairy chested man in this age of ridiculous metrosexuality.

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  • 224. At 11:03pm on 10 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    FBH 185 : SPOT on re:SPOTY. Pointless an boring event. Who cares if one or other of them has more or less of a glimmer of personality? Its like a Best Looking Politician competition or Porn Star Ready Steady Cook or best vampire sudoko solver of the year, newsreader with the biggest feet competition, Astrophysicist Keepy Up competition.....etc etc personality is irrelevant to sporting success so who gives a toss. give it to russel brand if he can do 10 press ups.

    come to think of it id rather watch any of the above, esp PSRSC.

    hello preach not you as well with the boring blogging complaint. that was whitley's parthian shaft.here's my complaint : too many long posts, here today. more than 15 words and i get a nose bleed. ive already forgotten the start of this one. so 3 lines max, everyone, OK?

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  • 225. At 11:07pm on 10 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    evening preach, blog and the rest.

    did i see someone call out for darts as if it were a sport? pointless.

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  • 226. At 11:09pm on 10 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    Poor old whitley. You wrote a completey non-football blog to send him on his way, didnt you robbo. salt in the wound.

    The realisation slowly dawned on me that this blog is actually TOTALLY ABOUT TIGER WOODS Obsessively so. In this blog all roads lead to tiger woods. like helter-skelter played backwrds or sannink. Heres the evidence@

    “a blinkered, single-minded sports professional”
    that would be tiger then. Or so we believed. Btw someone was arguing last time , spitfire I think, that we should feel a tad sorry for tiger. Have you SEEN the love goddesses in question? Sorry for him??? i'd give Trotts left arm backto him for just one day as tiger woods.

    “some sort of Terminator replicant from the future.”
    Tiger.

    “Successful sportspeople”
    tiger woods, both of them

    “Great goalscorers”
    tiger - im sure he cold have been if hed wnted to

    “a successful introvert”
    himslef

    “something else to do with our strawberries and cream”
    im sure tiger was there first

    “Paragons of sporting virtue tend to struggle to live up to the ideal/the greatest golfer the world's ever seen”
    Tiger – eveb robbo says it

    “a very poorly Granny”
    seen taken away from tiggers house by mbulance

    “man size Kleenex at the ready, lad”
    from now on, the only sexual outlet our lad will ave

    “struck too by Kelly Holmes”
    she ws the only one who rejected his advances

    "playboy pretender to World Champio"
    tiger. who else?

    "more chance of putting a tail on a Manx Cat"
    if it moves, tiger will try his luck

    "he seems a right nice lad"
    doesn't he, but?

    "He plays for Man United"
    if the injury crisis continues tigers in with a shout

    "bad hair choices"
    mostly blonde

    "You'll never get her name out of me."
    Not unless you smack me in the mouth with a golf club, thatis.

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  • 227. At 11:11pm on 10 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    G'day to you blog.... with you on all points mate... I'll refer you to my post #211.... maybe we should start a campaign for shorter posts... besides which I am an uneducated oaf and can usually only manage the one liners.

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  • 228. At 11:12pm on 10 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    re 226: well, when you put it like that .. . . .

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  • 229. At 11:12pm on 10 Dec 2009, Zebedee wrote:

    Not sure what's been happening with the PC this morning/night but I've not been able to get a version of the blog with a comments box until now!

    200 - 68/69 of course!!!!

    I agree with blog, waste of television air time, they could be showing something much more entertaining like Escape to Victory

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  • 230. At 11:17pm on 10 Dec 2009, Zebedee wrote:

    That's another thing I agree with just because something is a competitive pastime - golf, darts etc does not make it a sport - IMO.

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  • 231. At 11:18pm on 10 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    evening Spitfire. darts is not a sport its a religion. sid wddell, as someone above says is the high priest. The Power is The Messiah. he could sit at the back of the hall, blindfold and still pin a swinging polo to te bull with a dart thrown backwards through his legs. hes that good. noone in the world is better at their sport than The Power is at his. and all people can see is look at that fat stokey lump playing his silly working class game. snobbery. pure snobbery. if princess anne played darts shed win SPOTY again. if zara phllips plyed darts all the hooray henrys and trustafarians in the country would be swapping their polo ponies for swinging polos and dartboards
    i know ive posted this before but:
    "There's only one word for that - magic darts!”

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  • 232. At 11:20pm on 10 Dec 2009, Zebedee wrote:

    Perhaps I' change my name to "mogadon man" and it's all gone quiet over there, and it's gone quiet over there....

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  • 233. At 11:21pm on 10 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    zebeddee - escape to victory, my favourite film, except for airplane 2

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  • 234. At 11:24pm on 10 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    look. its a good pass time darts, great even. entertaining too.
    Not a sport.

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  • 235. At 11:26pm on 10 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I have heard Phil "The Power" referred to as great a sportsman as Jesse Owens.

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  • 236. At 11:29pm on 10 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Blog, "Snakes On Planes" must be up there with the greats surely.

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  • 237. At 11:33pm on 10 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    Spitfire - agreed - not a sport
    a passport to a better life and a higher state of being, Zen on the Oche
    but not a sport
    something better. something mor beautiful.

    have you seen andy fordham in action?
    michaelangelo's david living and on the oche.

    aymond van barneveld?
    Total Darts

    The Power?
    I dare not speak His True Name. Even the Great Lord Glaukon would not challenge him to a game of Killer and expect to win.(but then he is a snake=not known for their prowess at the game of darts)

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  • 238. At 11:36pm on 10 Dec 2009, Zebedee wrote:

    on SW the best commentator ever - "they may have Shakespeare on BBC1 but you can't beat this for drama" - a classic!

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  • 239. At 11:36pm on 10 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    Bo - snakes on planes is in my top 10, certainly. i also consider Toy Story 2 an undervalued masterpiece. a meditation on the transcience of love life and friendship in the world of animated toypeople

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  • 240. At 11:42pm on 10 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    bo - together we just need to post another 4699760 posts to meet RBA's slightly ambitious target. and in the next 5 mins cos im knackered.

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  • 241. At 11:43pm on 10 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    just me then. ok here goes

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  • 242. At 11:43pm on 10 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    4699759 posts to go

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  • 243. At 11:44pm on 10 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    4699758 posts to go

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  • 244. At 11:44pm on 10 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    4699757 posts to go

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  • 245. At 11:45pm on 10 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Was the company do last night blog... still ave an alcohol riddled brain (some may not notice any difference) so I wont be able to contribute too much myself mate.

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  • 246. At 11:45pm on 10 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    ever feel like there might be something missing from your life?

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  • 247. At 11:45pm on 10 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    blog
    be as it may,
    better than sport,
    sport it is not,
    hence,
    no place on SPOTY,
    may be on BAFTA,
    if you will



    i'll get my coat

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  • 248. At 11:46pm on 10 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    4699756 posts to go

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  • 249. At 11:46pm on 10 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    (snore)

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  • 250. At 11:47pm on 10 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    ever feel like there might be something missing from your life?
    ==============================

    Think it maybe Whitley?

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  • 251. At 11:49pm on 10 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    246. At 11:45pm on 10 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:
    ever feel like there might be something missing from your life?
    ________________________
    cant be her

    http://www.grimmemennesker.dk/ugly-people-77.htm

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  • 252. At 11:51pm on 10 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Bloody Hell.. I thought someone had posted a picture of my ex-missus there spit

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  • 253. At 11:54pm on 10 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    251 - Spit
    all me exes
    live in texas
    thats why i hang my hat
    in tennessee

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  • 254. At 11:54pm on 10 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    is it her you ran away from, all the way to Oz?

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  • 255. At 11:55pm on 10 Dec 2009, redpreacherman wrote:

    The question then would be; ever feel like there might be something missing from your wife?

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  • 256. At 11:57pm on 10 Dec 2009, notthenorms wrote:

    that text thing they do when the cricket's on is the best.

    commentators (excuse spelling) are tops and it goes off on a tangent just like this blog.

    can't think f nothing else to say - but there are worse things than snakes on a plane.

    once spilt red wine on a white angorraan cardi - she went pure mental - only 11 hours of the flight left got te upper hand and ordered white wine

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  • 257. At 11:57pm on 10 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    like teeth, you men, preach?

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  • 258. At 11:58pm on 10 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Running to Oz spit, would not be far enough.

    Preach, whatever is missing from the wife, it certainly isn't me.

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  • 259. At 00:01am on 11 Dec 2009, notthenorms wrote:

    my coats on, waiting for the taxi

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  • 260. At 00:01am on 11 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    she does have a personality.

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  • 261. At 00:01am on 11 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    notthenorms - a voice from the clouds. are you god?
    how she we spill wine on cardis. oh lord?

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  • 262. At 00:02am on 11 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    notthenorms: red wine ruins every thing. i hope she changed immeiately

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  • 263. At 00:03am on 11 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    hang on, are you in the sky or waiting for a taxi, im confused oh lord. enlighten us.
    and is thy True Name Norman?

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  • 264. At 00:03am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Not sure what the weather is like over there guys but the prediction here for the weekend is Sat 37 c (98.6 F) and Sun 38 C (100.4 F).. I am not looking forward to it.

    In an attempt to get us back on topic (football anyway)... how do you think the Liverpool v Arsenal match will pan out?

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  • 265. At 00:05am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    she does have a personality.

    =========================================

    Yeah, that's what makes her different from the ex.

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  • 266. At 00:05am on 11 Dec 2009, notthenorms wrote:

    i'm not god; but if i were....

    it wouldn't be Pool or ManU..

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  • 267. At 00:09am on 11 Dec 2009, Zebedee wrote:

    that reminds me got to do my footy tips for the weekend. I've been pants so far this season.

    White wine on red, I've been told is the answer - followed by salt - apparently gets the stain out a treat. Prefer tequila before the salt usually but each to their own.

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  • 268. At 00:10am on 11 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    Bo the weather sucks but forecast is for an imprvemnt over the weekend. i think arsenal will win heavily and rafa will be sacked.

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  • 269. At 00:11am on 11 Dec 2009, redpreacherman wrote:

    Lord Wisdom, he who has the teeth and leadeth the Norman fight back.

    Re pool v Arsenal am just waiting for pipes to play me the answer.

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  • 270. At 00:12am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    OK so we are not in a football talking mood this morning... I tried.

    How can you spoil a decent drink by chucking salt into your mouth after drinking it Zeb?

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  • 271. At 00:13am on 11 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    depends on what you consider a decent drink

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  • 272. At 00:16am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Well Zeb was speaking of Tequila... which I consider a decent drink... even though it seems to be the practice to take a lick of salt after drinking it, I can't see the point.... unless you want to build up a thirst for the next one.

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  • 273. At 00:17am on 11 Dec 2009, redpreacherman wrote:

    My all time favourite Spit, guinness and champagne.

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  • 274. At 00:18am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    My all time favourite Spit, guinness and champagne.
    ================================

    In the same glass preach?

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  • 275. At 00:19am on 11 Dec 2009, notthenorms wrote:

    Don't beleive the hype (or jump around).

    White wine will only cancel red wine if you're at home. On a long haul flight with a stranger with a ruined, expensive cardi, it dont wash.

    Liverpool to get three points. Absolutely no reasoning; but they seem to pull these games out the hat.

    Aquilibra to get hmmmmm... a good 60 minutes - anyone's guess - at the start or the end?

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  • 276. At 00:19am on 11 Dec 2009, redpreacherman wrote:

    Half and half. There's no other way.

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  • 277. At 00:20am on 11 Dec 2009, Zebedee wrote:

    Salt can set off the right drink beautifully - sends shivers down your spine mind.

    Gone for all home wins to keep a pattern though Rafa's going to spoil my perfect score with a 0 - 0.

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  • 278. At 00:21am on 11 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    there you go preach, no need for salt with them

    in fact, in guinnes you got all your food, drinks, minerals and vitamin groups

    my beer of choice is wheat based. it has more fibers i hear

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  • 279. At 00:22am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Arsenal havn't been doing so well against the stronger teams this year but have had little trouble against the weaker teams... so on that basis, I see a reasonably comfortable win for Arsenal.

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  • 280. At 00:23am on 11 Dec 2009, Zebedee wrote:

    Now that's one thing I've never gotten used to 30 degree plus christmas day's. It just ain't christmas. You need to be freezing your cods off and enjoying yourself 'round a log fire.

    Prawns and a barbie then the beach just doesn't work for me - but I do give it my best shot though.

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  • 281. At 00:24am on 11 Dec 2009, redpreacherman wrote:

    If we are talking beer then I believe Theakston's Old Peculiar is up there among the best.

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  • 282. At 00:24am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Half and half. There's no other way.
    ===================================

    Have never tried that preach... being one that likes to try the unusual, I'll give it a try.

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  • 283. At 00:25am on 11 Dec 2009, notthenorms wrote:

    Two (footballing) sperm swimming together. (to stay on topic lets say there bothy up for SPOTY!) One says to the other 'how far to the ovaries?'
    The other 'we've got a while yet, weve just passed the tonsils'.

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  • 284. At 00:26am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    If we are talking beer then I believe Theakston's Old Peculiar is up there among the best.
    ====================================

    Where are you getting these things from preach. Is that a local brew?

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  • 285. At 00:29am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    After some of the things I have been modded for Norm, I don't rate the chances of that staying up for long too highly... lol

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  • 286. At 00:30am on 11 Dec 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    night all and drink responsibly

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  • 287. At 00:31am on 11 Dec 2009, notthenorms wrote:

    sorry bo. some mentioned salt - joke sprang to mind

    hope it hasn't left a nasty taste in youre mouth

    whooops.....

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  • 288. At 00:32am on 11 Dec 2009, notthenorms wrote:

    who's your team Bo?

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  • 289. At 00:33am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 290. At 00:34am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Have two Norm... Arsenal and Orient.

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  • 291. At 00:34am on 11 Dec 2009, notthenorms wrote:

    Jees - i didn't mean to bring it down to this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 292. At 00:36am on 11 Dec 2009, Zebedee wrote:

    Old Peculiar a great drink but a bit mainstream Felinfoel's Double Dragon is a good brew and Wadworth's Bishop Tipple. Brings back a yearning for youth.

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  • 293. At 00:36am on 11 Dec 2009, notthenorms wrote:

    I'm Leicester but live in Jacks tractor boys town

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  • 294. At 00:37am on 11 Dec 2009, redpreacherman wrote:

    Masham in North Yorkshire Bo, famous only for its brewery and its sheep. Its not a local brew but I could be there in about an hour I guess. Its a very dark ruby tinged colour and has an ABV of 5.6%

    By the way the g&c is known as Black Velvet

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  • 295. At 00:37am on 11 Dec 2009, notthenorms wrote:

    Zeb - are you down under?

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  • 296. At 00:39am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Norm, you never know where things lead once you go off topic... lol

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  • 297. At 00:40am on 11 Dec 2009, notthenorms wrote:

    it's a struggle to remember topic sometimes!

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  • 298. At 00:42am on 11 Dec 2009, notthenorms wrote:

    Red - are you talking about Guiness & champagne?

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  • 299. At 00:42am on 11 Dec 2009, Zebedee wrote:

    Certainly am. Myself and Bo are not nocturnal like most of the mob on here.

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  • 300. At 00:43am on 11 Dec 2009, redpreacherman wrote:

    Zebedee I quite enjoy a Bishops Finger from the Shepherds Neame brewery I believe

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  • 301. At 00:43am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    By the way the g&c is known as Black Velvet
    ========================

    I'm not going there preach, look where the last off topic, topic ended up.

    I shall have to try out some of these beers when I come over there... mind you I am not intending a pub crawl, just wont have time for that.

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  • 302. At 00:46am on 11 Dec 2009, redpreacherman wrote:

    Yes I am Notthenorms. A superb drink but for the best taste make sure the Guinness is on draught.

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  • 303. At 00:46am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Are these drinks deliberately named to induce a double entendre

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  • 304. At 00:48am on 11 Dec 2009, Zebedee wrote:

    I'm sure many are or it could be that all brewers are slacious bu@@ers.

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  • 305. At 00:48am on 11 Dec 2009, notthenorms wrote:

    Bo - if you do come over; the Dove Street Inn, Ipswich, Suffolk. has just been voted the real ale pub of the year 2009. I'd recommend it.

    And to stay on topic Strauss for SPOTY.

    night folks

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  • 306. At 00:50am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I need to get in some supplies so see you here later... maybe sooner, who knows.

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  • 307. At 00:50am on 11 Dec 2009, Zebedee wrote:

    To keep things slightly on topic how about picking a brew's name (a real one) and linking it to one of the spoty candidates e.g. Wadsworth's Old Timer = Ryan Giggs.

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  • 308. At 00:55am on 11 Dec 2009, notthenorms wrote:

    How about

    Everards Tiger

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  • 309. At 00:58am on 11 Dec 2009, redpreacherman wrote:

    Not to mention Waggles Dance, Spitfire, Fullers and the Old Speckled Hen.

    Goodnight all.

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  • 310. At 01:01am on 11 Dec 2009, notthenorms wrote:

    it's bitter

    coats on, taxis outside - i've left the building.......

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  • 311. At 01:07am on 11 Dec 2009, Zebedee wrote:

    The mogadons have kicked in then. Best head off for a couple of cold ones (as they don't do the good ones mentioned above 'round here) and struggle through the rest of the day. Av a good weegend all.

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  • 312. At 01:10am on 11 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    4699706 posts to go

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  • 313. At 01:11am on 11 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    4699705 posts to go

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  • 314. At 01:56am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    e.g. Wadsworth's Old Timer = Ryan Giggs.
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    Must leave a bitter taste in your mouth.

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  • 315. At 01:57am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Way to go blog... although considering the 20 second delay before you are allowed to post again, I think you are fighting a losing battle.. but full points for effort.

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  • 316. At 02:17am on 11 Dec 2009, Whats in a name wrote:

    "Why vote for Tom Daley? He's only 15, he's won gold, he seems a right nice lad and following Cristiano Ronaldo's departure to Milan is now officially the best diver in the country."

    Loved that one - except that Ronaldo went to Madrid...

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  • 317. At 02:45am on 11 Dec 2009, Mightymojo wrote:

    Alright boys,
    This is a real hit & run attack as you're all asleep. I know you old drunkards don't like long posts but i have 300-odds worth of stuff to comment on, and for the life i me i can't work out why no-one is standing up for Liverpool....

    Firstly, SPOTY. I do think it's got some purpose, but if only for the review of the year bit. The prize itself is not really important, because when someone really deserves it (Chris Hoy, Kelly Holmes) there's no debate as we all know they're gonna win. All those nominated with the possible exceptions of Tom Daley & Andy Murray deserve the recognition that comes with being nominated. For the record AM is a good player, but i agree that he'll deserve it when he wins a slam.

    I Think Jess Ennis will win as she's just that bit Prettier than Becky Adlington (!), and also a damn fine athlete who has reached the pinnacle of her sport (Olympics notwithstanding). Giggsy for a lifetime achievement on retirement (2020 at this rate). The Power to at least get a nomination, and i'd absolutely love it if Straussy won it. A real combination of character to turn around a wilting team, and no little skill to lead from the front.

    My fave commentators are Richie Benaud, Michael Holding & the TMS crew. Cricket commentators have to try so much harder than everyone else to keep people involved, even in a real dull match, and so i think are more creative. Sid Waddell has some cracking lines, but i don't think he has an off switch. Could you imagine being behind him in the queue for the post office?

    ....and onto Liverpool.

    I agree something is rotten in the state of Scouse. My personal feelings are these; everyone knows we're skint. The players know we're skint. So as professionals do, they begin looking over their shoulders at better offers. Talking to their mates during international breaks about how good it is here at Madrid, or Barcelona. That means, when our backs are against the wall, the spirit & togetherness isn't there anymore. That's what got us through last year, but i fear Xabi may have opened the floodgates. The only 3 players who i don't think would consider leaving are:
    Pepe
    Torres
    Carra

    It would take more than one bad year for those 3 to throw in the towel. It's not like it would affect their international prospects - Reina won't get past Casillas & if he plays like he does they won't drop Torres.

    As far as Rafa is concerned, he won't be sacked until the end of the season, and by the way i'd still back us to pull off a trophy. Only i fear it may be a trophy or 4th place, and i think you all know what i'd pick.

    A few asides - I vividly remember Mark Lawrenson predicting an Everton win @ Anfield on Football Focus - We won 2-1. I long ago disregarded what he says, and am embarassed to say he "represents" our club.

    Old peculiar is a top ale, but as it's sold in Tesco i don't doubt there are a lot better real ales out there.

    That's nearly it - the Odessey is complete. Apologies for the length, but when you're all at work in 9:30, watching the clock till the weekend begins, this will kill at least 10 mins. Me? i'll be in bed.....

    RAGE FOR NO.1!!!!
    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?v=photos&id=200902373#/group.php?gid=2228594104&ref=mf

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  • 318. At 04:54am on 11 Dec 2009, Zebedee wrote:

    469968722145.314 posts to go then.

    Back from the refreshment parlour, thought I'd see if anyone was contributing and there's mmojo with more time on his hands than I have - and less of the old mojo, if you do not mind - it's a sensitive subject at my age.

    Ennis, cracking girl. Give her the prize.

    Why is noone standing up for Liverpool? I think you've answered your own question there; he plays for Exeter and they're cr@p. All of the players would leave given the right offer as, as we have said many times on here, money talks and bullsh!t...

    As for the rest, I agree that cricket commentators do tend to be pretty good but, then again, they have some serious lapses in action which gives them plenty of time to think things up. Aggers, Lloyd (Bumble that is) Kerry O'Keefe, Blofeld et al do sound like a bunch of Robbo bloggers down the pub after a few shandies but SW is the Tommy Cooper of commentators, all class and cracking one-liners.

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  • 319. At 05:01am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Glad I was up with the posts Mojo.. If I had come accross that one while scrolling through them I'd have given up and gone to bed myself.

    Have no opinion on the SPOTY.

    Agree with Michael Holding... not the aging toad though.

    You think Gerrard would consider leaving? Not sure myself... although he was almost tempted a couple years back wasn't he.

    You are probably right about Rafa... if they sack him it will most likely be at the end of the season.
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    Liverpool have a full squad to pick from this Sunday with the possible exception of Babel.. not sure if his inclusion will make much difference though. Arsenal are still plagued with injuries; Eboue and Rosicky will not be at Anfield, while Eduardo and Diaby are possibles for Sunday's game.

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  • 320. At 07:05am on 11 Dec 2009, beneficiary wrote:

    67. At 3:22pm on 10 Dec 2009, notthenorms wrote:

    Gigsy should get some sort of lifetime achievement award - after he hangs up his boots.
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    You mean 'for hanging up his boots'?

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  • 321. At 08:07am on 11 Dec 2009, TommyB wrote:

    Anyone looking for a job?

    http://hr.leeds.ac.uk/jobs/ViewJob.aspx?m=all&JId=785

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  • 322. At 08:09am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Anyone looking for a job?
    =======================

    It's too far for me to commute Tommy.

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  • 323. At 08:33am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    On reflection, I think I dismissed the job proposal too quickly. After closer inspection, I could be persuaded to shift house for 12 months. Not exactly a post graduate in the social sciences though... wonder if they would accept an arts degree, they have the same value.

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  • 324. At 08:34am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    193. At 7:54pm on 10 Dec 2009, Tom Halstead wrote:
    Oh yeah - one more thing - he entered the Tour de France right? Where did he finish overall?! I know its a British award and we love a plucky loser, but all he won was the sprints. What's next? Carrick winning it because he's the best at passing the ball sideways?
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    That's because he is a sprinter.As a sprinter winning stages in the grand tours is as good as it gets.All climbers want to win Alp D'Huez and all sprinters want the Champs Elysee.He won 6 tdf stages plus 4 giro plus one day classics as well as other stage races.Just because he finished 2hrs behind Contador doesn't mean he was unsuccessful.He is the best sprinter in cycling by miles.In a sport that Britain doesn't excel in(as opposed to track racing)As for drugs,no other sport has worked harder to eradicate drug taking.

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  • 325. At 08:39am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    274. At 00:18am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    My all time favourite Spit, guinness and champagne.
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    In the same glass preach?
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    It's called black velvet,Bo.And beautiful it is too.

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  • 326. At 08:43am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    G'day to you Jack... Black Velvet... it does have a nice ring to it and I will give it a go too.

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  • 327. At 08:49am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    G'day Bo.The poor man's version is half guiness,half dry cider and a shot of port.Now that warms your cockles.Especially as it's 0C outside at the moment.

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  • 328. At 08:51am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    A couple of interesting stories...
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/dec/11/tony-pulis-james-beattie-stoke-city
    and...
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/dec/11/theo-walcott-arsenal-carlos-vela

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  • 329. At 09:10am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I can't touch port Jack, not since I made a mess of myself with it and Stones Green Ginger Wine in my youth.

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  • 330. At 09:14am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Try Tia Maria or Kuluaha instead then.The coffee taste goes well with the guiness

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  • 331. At 09:20am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    329. At 09:10am on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I can't touch port Jack, not since I made a mess of myself with it and Stones Green Ginger Wine in my youth.
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    About 5 years ago,Bo?

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  • 332. At 09:37am on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    4699669 to go... thanks for your hard work Blog... Glad someone takes this serious.

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  • 333. At 09:37am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Sought-after Ipswich striker Connor Wickham, 16, who has attracted the interest of Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea, is set to sign a new five-year deal at Portman Road.
    Full story: Daily Mirror
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    Cough up your millions Arsene....

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  • 334. At 09:38am on 11 Dec 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    This blog never ceases to amaze me. Now we're on to top tips for lethal booze combos. Some of you need to come and bend Tony Thompson's ear in the Blue Bell. The lad knows nowt.

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  • 335. At 09:38am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    It's hard work..

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  • 336. At 09:38am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    RBA...

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  • 337. At 09:39am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    to keep it up...

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  • 338. At 09:39am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    for this long...

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  • 339. At 09:40am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    As Mrs. Jack will confirm...

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  • 340. At 09:40am on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    He's probably to old for Arsene to consider... But at the end of January me and the mrs find out if were having a boy or a girl... If its a lad were expecting a call from the Prof...

    Also, Dean Ashton, though i know it is through injury, is retiring... were the same age... He's having a moan about it, i'd love to retire now!

    SWP, fance a kickabout sometime?

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  • 341. At 09:42am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Try this with the aussie lass at The Blue Bell,Robbo...
    http://www.cocktailmaking.co.uk/

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  • 342. At 09:43am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    First one RBA?

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  • 343. At 09:43am on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    In Aldeshot i have always found that mixing booze with a bunch of squaddies and a bunch of gypo's is always deadly comination...

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  • 344. At 09:44am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    343. At 09:43am on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    In Aldeshot i have always found that mixing booze with a bunch of squaddies and a bunch of gypo's is always deadly comination...
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    How do they all fit in the glass?

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  • 345. At 09:45am on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Jacks, me third mate... I have a three year old and an 8 month old (both girls).... Doctors say i'm likely to have a full nights sleep again in around 8 years time!

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  • 346. At 09:46am on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Jacks... 344. hahahaha... It aint easy mate. But it truly is a thing of wonderment to behold thier efforts...

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  • 347. At 09:48am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Best of luck to you and Mrs. RBA.My last lie-in was 8 years ago...

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  • 348. At 09:49am on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    4699653 to go...

    What do we win again?

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  • 349. At 09:50am on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    "Lie in???" What is this thong you speak of?

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  • 350. At 09:50am on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    OR even "thing"

    a cheeky typo that one....

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  • 351. At 09:50am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    1st prize,a night out in Colchester with Adam and JDR.
    2nd prize,2 nights out....

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  • 352. At 09:52am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Lie inverb.Ability to stay in bed later than 6.30am.Unlikely to be found in Aldershot,Cheadle etc.....

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  • 353. At 09:53am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    349. At 09:50am on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    "Lie in???" What is this thong you speak of?
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    Unless they make them in xxxxsm I've no idea...

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  • 354. At 10:03am on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    200. At 8:09pm on 10 Dec 2009, followingborohurts wrote:
    http://leaguecup50.com/default.aspx

    I know which one Im voting for!!!

    Swindon Town

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  • 355. At 10:06am on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I cant belive it that typo has turned me in to the police man from 'allo allo...

    Good moaning, Rerbo, af yoo ad anee mure farts, on oo sherd be Sperts Persoality ov the yeer...?


    "I was pissing by the door, when I heard two shats. You are holding in your hand a smoking goon; you are clearly the guilty potty."

    Thats whats missing from tat like Gavin and Stacy! an artistic mix of smut and racism...

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  • 356. At 10:08am on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    345. At 09:45am on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    Jacks, me third mate... I have a three year old and an 8 month old (both girls).... Doctors say i'm likely to have a full nights sleep again in around 8 years time!
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    Dream on lad - I've got teenagers and they stop you getting a full nights sleep as well. Face it - you're in for late nights and early mornings for a long long time

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  • 357. At 10:12am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Arthur Bostrum is the actor of which you speak,RBA.Currently employed at Buxton Opera House for panto...

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  • 358. At 10:21am on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    JAcks... Mony Thinks!

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  • 359. At 10:23am on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    Why vote for Ryan Giggs? He plays for Man United but if you put that to one side he's that rarest of things: a quite old footballer who's still really good and is never found taking a swing at night-spot snappers at 2am.

    no, he was a good player, and the PFA award was a joke.

    surely Tweddle, for overcoming a grill uglier that a Chrysler Crossfire

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  • 360. At 10:27am on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    To all those Phil Taylor fans, you believe Darts to be a Sport?

    Saw someone the other day say, 'snooker is harder than F1, at least they walk around.'

    I'm normally fairly open, but if someone the size of Taylor (or Stephen Lee) can compete then i don't think you can really call it a sport to the same extent as F1, football or the like.

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  • 361. At 10:29am on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    Apparently Deano wants to know if he can sue SWP for the challenge that ended his career. As if SWP has any control over what he does on the pitch.

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  • 362. At 10:31am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    356. At 10:08am on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:
    Dream on lad - I've got teenagers and they stop you getting a full nights sleep as well. Face it - you're in for late nights and early mornings for a long long time
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    Strange creatures,teenagers.Facebook all the time,texting,grunting,nothing you do makes them happy,clothes you buy for them are rubbish,locked in their rooms listening to an unspeakable row of "music" that nobody likes or understands.The only thing you can do,Adam,is hide your albums a bit better....

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  • 363. At 10:33am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Captain,The legendary Phil"The Power" Taylor sums it up best,if it's not a sport it's a hobby or leisure activity.In which case hmrc owe him millions in tax paid.

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  • 364. At 10:36am on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Captain, see blogs explanation... darts is more than a sport, and you cant use the weight issue as any sort of factor for deciding whether something is a sport... A few million Japanese would disagree (Sumo) and as a liverpool fan you can not deny the prowess of Jan Molby!...

    Also, some say, darts is not a sport as you dont break a sweat... this is wrong for 2 reasons. 1. See Berbatov play, never close to breaking a sweat... 2. Darts players are some of the sweatiest people alive.


    Taylor for Life time achievment, Wade for SPOTY... 2010 the revolution is coming!

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  • 365. At 10:39am on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    363. At 10:33am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:
    Captain,The legendary Phil"The Power" Taylor sums it up best,if it's not a sport it's a hobby or leisure activity.In which case hmrc owe him millions in tax paid.

    just don't see how you could have Chris Hoy one year and Phil 'the Lump' Taylor the next. He's lucky to live in england where darts makes money, but it would make the award even more of a joke.

    problem is, all the good ones are foreign. Valentino Rossi and Usain Bolt, from a British POV it's been a dull year.

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  • 366. At 10:41am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    In fairness,el capitano,in the ugly stakes it takes a lot to top Princess Anne winning it...

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  • 367. At 10:54am on 11 Dec 2009, Mightymojo wrote:

    ......yawn, morning folks,

    The Captain living up to his name once again. How can you say it's been dull? British sport has broken new ground in Gymnastics & Road Cycling and reclaimed some old ground in Athletics, Cricket & Boxing. The Ashes weren't as skillful as '05 but no less tense & exciting. F1 has got so much better since The Stig hung up his helmet, and the brits have dominated since.

    I appreciate you may not care about these sports, but rest assured there are people who do, and they are saying '09 is the best non-olympic year in memory. Congrats to RBA - i'm 2 years older than you and still feel like a child so i don't envy you in the slightest!

    Re: Tommy's job, i can't help but notice the closing date was last month - snapped it up already have you Tommy? Let me know if any of your field research takes you to Liverpool!

    And for the league Cup, believe it or not i'm voting for Frankie Bunn. I remember hearing about it as a kid and thinking he must be some kind of superhero to score 6 goals. That he was actually quite average makes it even more remarkable.

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  • 368. At 10:55am on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I know dozens and dozens of Darts players... i dont know any cyclists...

    If Phil the Power was noimated, he'd win, as darts is the peoples sport, and it is also the fairest sport... It doesnt rely on it participants being exceptionaly gifted, or having the benefit of having good DNA. You can't be born a darts player. Every other sport relies on having a natural advantage... Height, for basketball players, build for boxers... but the Arrows is learnt, it is nurtured... You can be a big fatso like phil taylor, or a big fatso like Barneveld, or even a big fatso like Andy fordham.... but no matter where you come from, if you have that determination, steel and drive you too can stand on the oche and compete with these princes amongst men...

    Fin.

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  • 369. At 10:57am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Seeing as we are,as usual,all over the place with regards to individual spoty,what about the other catagories?
    Overseas:Roger Federer.
    Team:Ireland rugby union
    youngster:Tom Daley
    Coach:Andy Flower
    Lifetime achievement:The Power

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  • 370. At 11:00am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Mojo,I appreciate the point you make.The media are driven by the major sports,so asking the general public about Bradley Wiggins,James Wade Tony McCoy etc would be left with blank faces.It has been a good year for Brits,just not in the big sports covered by the beeb(Jensen apart)

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  • 371. At 11:00am on 11 Dec 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    341. At 09:42am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:
    Try this with the aussie lass at The Blue Bell,Robbo...
    http://www.cocktailmaking.co.uk/

    _________________________________________________________________________

    I don't mind the taste of a cocktail Jack, but all that faffing about with 'muddling' the mint leaves and crushing ice and them poxy umbrellas and glace cherries and all that... not for me. Still a stright martini with an olive in it is all right.

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  • 372. At 11:03am on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Jacks I think loads of people would be aware of Tony McCoy. I don't follow horse racing but even I know he has ridden the most winners ever.

    Best Overseas would have to be Tiger now that he has become interesting

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  • 373. At 11:04am on 11 Dec 2009, Mightymojo wrote:

    Overseas: Valentino Rossi
    Team: No Doubt England Women's Cricket team - won the Ashes & 2 world cups in one year!
    Youngster: Tom Daley
    Coach: Declan Kidney (Andy flower a close 2nd)
    Lifetime: The Power

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  • 374. At 11:05am on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    364. At 10:36am on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    Captain, see blogs explanation... darts is more than a sport, and you cant use the weight issue as any sort of factor for deciding whether something is a sport... A few million Japanese would disagree (Sumo) and as a liverpool fan you can not deny the prowess of Jan Molby!...

    Also, some say, darts is not a sport as you dont break a sweat... this is wrong for 2 reasons. 1. See Berbatov play, never close to breaking a sweat... 2. Darts players are some of the sweatiest people alive.


    Taylor for Life time achievment, Wade for SPOTY... 2010 the revolution is coming!

    no, boys, i know the darts means funny posts but it isn't a sport. taylor is dominant, but partly because he has so much margin.

    and we are the most successful F1 Nation in history.

    and Robbo - you go from praising sportsmen who overcome depression to labelling Wilkinson as one of your most boring Sportsmen. Do some research

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  • 375. At 11:07am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    371. At 11:00am on 11 Dec 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:
    I don't mind the taste of a cocktail Jack, but all that faffing about with 'muddling' the mint leaves and crushing ice and them poxy umbrellas and glace cherries and all that... not for me. Still a stright martini with an olive in it is all right.

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    Oh well,a pint of Cameron's or Theakston's it is.Shame Vaux went under...

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  • 376. At 11:08am on 11 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    Mornin.
    Ugliest Personality of the year makes as much sense as Sports Personality. And Life Time Achievemnt Award - it makes no sense does it? How would you know? If they go on to commit mass murder, can they present it in court as evidence? Its all a bit premature for anyone under 40. Barak Obama's Nobel Prize did someone say?

    317mojo - im quite moved by your faith in the loyalty of torres. youre going to be so disappointed when he leaves next week. just like robinho's lifelong commitment to mancity as declared yesterday through several media outlets and tigers dedication to his wife.

    RBA - i think everyone except you and me trots thees bloog as one big jokey thong. waht do we win? didnt robbo say if only we can get to the magical 4700000 figure, Robbo is elected Spots Personality of the Ear. As he doesnt actually exist (shh) perhaps we can get the blogsprites to adjust the post numbering?

    Congrats on the expected event, btw, RBA. Ive got three boys under 9 and they drive me nuts but i wouldnt have it any other way. who needs sleep anyway.

    And another thong, anyone who doesnt think The Power is Britains most undeservedly neglected sportsperson prbably still thinks that Osama Bin Laden is Father Christmas so serves you right when he blows your socks off on xmas day.
    its discrimination against stokeys. i blame bristow, when he moved to stoke to marry maureen flowers he couldnt let go of his dart -dartitis- and stoke got the blame instead of the practical joker with the tube of superglue.

    4699632 to go.

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  • 377. At 11:09am on 11 Dec 2009, SouthernFairy wrote:

    If Liverpool lose heavily to Arsenal this weekend expect Jurgen Klinsmann on the next flight from California to John Lennon Airport.

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  • 378. At 11:09am on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    373. At 11:04am on 11 Dec 2009, themightymojo wrote:

    nice to patronised, thanks

    dull year from a BBC POV. in years when there is no Euro/Olym/WC there is always a struggle between overacheivers in their small sports (Tweddle, Daley, Cav) and mediocre performers in big sports (Murray, Giggs) therefore a dull year. I don't ever watch the awards.

    And Finally. DECLAN KIDNEY? Not rugby fan then, Moj?

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  • 379. At 11:09am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Although I'm pleased Federation went belly up.You get Sam Smith's in the WMC I'm a member of in Washington(The Celtic)

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  • 380. At 11:11am on 11 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    4699622, adjusted for long-post-which-noone-will-read (LPWNWR)-lag, to go.

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  • 381. At 11:11am on 11 Dec 2009, Mightymojo wrote:

    Robbo, as a former cocktail barman i can categorically tell you it's not worth the hassle. Unless there's an attractive lady you're trying to impress of course.

    Too true Jacks. The way is see it SPOTY is one of the few things that redress the balance and shines a light on at least a few minority sports. I'm not talking tiddlywinks here, but sports like Netball or wintersports, where someone can be in the top 30 in the world but still have to take another job. It seems if no-one is shouting about you, you've got no chance of Lottery funding.

    I'm actually looking forward to watching Lineker & Barker try to tiptoe around the Tiger Woods story. I guarantee Lee Westwood & Rory McIlroy will get 10 mins each and then Tiger gets about 2!

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  • 382. At 11:14am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Blogidy,rumour has it that Brissie is taking over The Swan in Leek.

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  • 383. At 11:22am on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    And another thong, anyone who doesnt think The Power is Britains most undeservedly neglected sportsperson

    IT ISN'T A SPORT! Would you give it to the World Wii Champion?

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  • 384. At 11:22am on 11 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    jacks - “When Alexander of Macedonia was 33, he cried salt tears because there were no more worlds to conquer..... Bristow's only 57.”

    is the Swan the one in the square? I went into the Crafty Cockney once or twice -i thinkits shut down now(?) and i did quaff a couple in what used to be maureen flower's pub in norton green once or twice. ok lots.

    If we'd had Phil Taylor and Eric Bristow at Hastings against the Normans, they'd have gone home. (sid w)

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  • 385. At 11:23am on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Easy blogs... 3 lads under 9, your a hero sir! But with you all the way, wouldn't have it any other way... I want more. My plan is to raise an army and by 2032 i plan a raid on the BBC intergalactic headquater and present Phil Taylors bones to the holgoramatic Gary Linenar and the Jar which contains Sue Barkers head... Once the great man gets the credit he deserve from the Dark Federation (this is how the BBC will be known circa 2023 when Darth Pulis gains complete control of all media sources, except for VIZ, the one strong hold of free speech in the known galaxy) his spirit will finally be allowed to rest... Then i plan to march my army to the floating palce of stoke, defeat the cloned army of rory delaops over throw the dark lord and claim britain in the name of the Waddellians...

    Magic-Darts....

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  • 386. At 11:23am on 11 Dec 2009, Mightymojo wrote:

    Tim,

    I am indeed a big rugby fan, which i why i voted for the coach of the team who won the grand slam and went unbeaten in '09. As i said, SPOTY is a chance to honour all sports, not just the ones you can read about in the redtops.

    To these overachievers in small sports, a SPOTY nomination could change their whole life. How many people cared about Snooker before Mr.Interesting Steve Davis got on the list? Admittedly snooker has fallen back, but i'm sure if you asked him he'd say the award helped change his life and that of all snooker players.

    RE: patronising - i assure you it was unintentional, although i must admit your pretty good at it yourself there.

    PS SF - i have people stationed at the Airport with instructions to shoot on sight! Blog - Fernando and i have....let's just say..a special arrangement!

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  • 387. At 11:26am on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Sorry for the nonsense on here today... though i dont know why i'm apologising, Captians the one saying "darts isnt a sport"...

    Heathen...

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  • 388. At 11:28am on 11 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    Tim, you are wilfully downgrading the skill levels needed to master the wii just to make a rhetorical point. Anyone who says there is no point (geddit) darts being considered a sport is talking bull. double bull. and there are no drugs in darts, except for the odd "oche cokey" at christmas, its a clean healthy sport spoiled by its association with fat drunks.
    but seriously if you have archery in the olympics why not darts? in this country we tend to require physical exertion as part of our definition of "sport" and without it its considered a game. in many countries and i know this is true because my mate told me, chess is considered a stadium sport and by extension there is no reason mhy there shouldnt be an olympic gold medal awarded for super mario galaxy.

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  • 389. At 11:29am on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    PS SF - i have people stationed at the Airport with instructions to shoot on sight! Blog - Fernando and i have....let's just say..a special arrangement!

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    Mojo are you and Fernando you know "together" and does his wife know (and best hope she doesn't play golf)

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  • 390. At 11:30am on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Yeah if wii isn't a sport, can some one please tell what Sonic and Mario at the olypics is????


    (oh and now they have Winter Olympics too... untill i see Usain Bolt win gold in the curling, i will always consider Mario a far worthier recipient!)

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  • 391. At 11:31am on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    "oche cokey" at christmas, its a clean healthy sport spoiled by its association with fat drunks.

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    What like its current world champion and 99.99% of its male competitors. It is a game for Fat drunks who like to think they are competing at sport but in essence it is one long drinking game called who can still throw in a straight line while getting hammered (not as catch as darts though)

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  • 392. At 11:32am on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    Tim,

    I am indeed a big rugby fan, which i why i voted for the coach of the team who won the grand slam and went unbeaten in '09. As i said, SPOTY is a chance to honour all sports, not just the ones you can read about in the redtops.

    Yes but Kidney has stifled what is a massively talented team with his dull coaching methods, where Marc Liervermont beat NZ in NZ. These awards were ruined by the IRB (McCaw instead of BO'D, and Kidney as coach).

    I know about the small sports, and have already mentioned it in an above post. I also think the biggest travesty is Giggs being there, as he is 5 years past anything like his best, and others had better years. I've not patronised too much for a while, but if thats what you've got in your little head, that's fine...

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  • 393. At 11:33am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Having seen darts dominate this blog,another major theme seems to be alcohol.Coincidence?
    Blogidy,it's the one on the corner of the A520 Stone Road.

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  • 394. At 11:33am on 11 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    RBA 285. i tell you what, i support vale, love england fc, still play the odd game myself, occasionally contribute halfheartedly to football discussions etc etc and nothing but nothing remotely compares to watching my 8 year old score six in a game. all the joy of fottball without even the hassle of running around yourself.

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  • 395. At 11:35am on 11 Dec 2009, blogdignag wrote:

    cheers jack. youre making me miss a deadline, guys.

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  • 396. At 11:36am on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    blog - i'm not honestly convinced by archery, but the reason that doesn't get stick is the historical/class issue (no archers have ever one SPOTY either).

    i think the BBC are trying to keep it credible. which rules out darts

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  • 397. At 11:36am on 11 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    393. At 11:33am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

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    No, but then again booze usually finds it's way into most things in life, or so I find anyway.

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  • 398. At 11:41am on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Blogs, I know the feeling, pretty much same boat as you but replace the vale with the Shots... but as of yet i have daughters, though i hav taught the eldest to comprimise, she'll play football with me, providing its with her Disney Princess ball... And too make matters worse her mum keeps taking her darts off her.......

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  • 399. At 11:42am on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    GIGGS FOR SPOTY only 4053153 to go

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  • 400. At 11:43am on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    398. At 11:41am on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    new goalkeeping coach, RBA?

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  • 401. At 11:43am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    391. At 11:31am on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    "oche cokey" at christmas, its a clean healthy sport spoiled by its association with fat drunks.

    ---------------------------------

    What like its current world champion and 99.99% of its male competitors. It is a game for Fat drunks who like to think they are competing at sport but in essence it is one long drinking game called who can still throw in a straight line while getting hammered (not as catch as darts though)

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    Adam,you're getting a bit silly here.No matter how much you knock it as a sport it requires concentration,hand eye co-ordination,practise and mental strength(I was going to say bottle,but that might knock the wind out of my argument)You are up there on your own,no hiding place.And much more cruciallyIT DOESN'T INVOLVE GARY NEVILLE OR THE PET SHOP BOYS

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  • 402. At 11:44am on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    at least you're allowed darts in the house - my missus won't ket me have a dartboart in the shed even

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  • 403. At 11:44am on 11 Dec 2009, Mightymojo wrote:

    Tim,

    firstly (holds handbag up to his chest) ooh! Let's not do this to each other. Now of all times us Kopites should stick together.

    I know plenty of Irishman who are happy that Kidney has done what it takes to take a talented team and make them winners. Ireland for many years were my favourite team but they always just missed out. If they had to sacrifice a bit of style for steel then so be it. Once they have the confidence of winners they can start throwing it around again. As far as Livremont goes - the fact the Kiwis hammered them recently means he's not managed to get what kidney has - consistency.

    Totally agree about the IRB awards though - B O'D was robbed. In fact he might be my vote for overseas SPOTY, then Andy FLower can be coach.

    Adam, I'm not divulging my secret pact with Fernando, but i can tell it cerainly doesn't involve his parents being gagged and tied under my floorboards!

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  • 404. At 11:46am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    402. At 11:44am on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    at least you're allowed darts in the house - my missus won't ket me have a dartboart in the shed even
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    Aha,the secret is out.that's ehy you've got a downer on darts...
    But she lets you play your records?...

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  • 405. At 11:47am on 11 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Mums seem to be like that with dark boards for some reason Jack.

    Ours weren't keen on the fact Granddad once brought one round that he said he'd found had been lobbed into his garden one morning.
    Nothing wrong with the thing, apart from the fact the bed for 3 resembled the North Downs for some reason.

    Mum put up with the thing ... until me and sis decided thowing darts at a designated board was boring and started thriwng them at other things.

    The Dahlias, the fence, my sister's foot ...

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  • 406. At 11:47am on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

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    Adam,you're getting a bit silly here.No matter how much you knock it as a sport it requires concentration,hand eye co-ordination,practise and mental strength(I was going to say bottle,but that might knock the wind out of my argument)You are up there on your own,no hiding place.And much more cruciallyIT DOESN'T INVOLVE GARY NEVILLE OR THE PET SHOP BOYS
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    Now that depends whose in charge of the approved musical selection or jukebox doesn't it.

    I don't deny it requires practice etc as I used to play on the darts team for my halls at University and at one point won 7 matches on the trot.

    But it still involved a lot of people drinking while playing and some of those guys were a bit chunky

    PET SHOP BYS CHRISTMAS NUMBER ONE

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  • 407. At 11:48am on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    The point i'm trying to make is, would it be fair if a dartist beat, for example, Paula Radcliffe, or Mo Farah? One practices in the pub. How can they be on the same level?

    Maybe we need 'Nearly a Sport Personality of the Year', for snooker, darts and Horse Racing.

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  • 408. At 11:49am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Mrs. Jack is pretty fair when it comes to this sort of thing.We sit down and take turns to explain our reasoning behind a decision,her first then me.Then we both decide she's right..

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  • 409. At 11:50am on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    RBA - not likely to maim someone with my record collection

    Mojo - its not his parents being bound and gagged which we are concerned about - ever seen Pulp Fiction?

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  • 410. At 11:50am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    406. At 11:47am on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:
    at one point won 7 matches on the trot.
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    Try playing for money next time....

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  • 411. At 11:51am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    409. At 11:50am on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    RBA - not likely to maim someone with my record collection
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    Did you type that with a straight face?

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  • 412. At 11:52am on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    If I do that I may concentrate properly and win loads of matches which wouldn't be sporting would it

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  • 413. At 11:53am on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    411. At 11:51am on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:
    409. At 11:50am on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    RBA - not likely to maim someone with my record collection
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    Did you type that with a straight face?
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    No silly a Keyboard

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  • 414. At 11:53am on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    Adam,you're getting a bit silly here.No matter how much you knock it as a sport it requires concentration,hand eye co-ordination,practise and mental strength(I was going to say bottle,but that might knock the wind out of my argument)You are up there on your own,no hiding place.

    so does kareoke, Jacks. The point is, plenty of REAL SPORTS require these, combined with fitness, genuine will power and dedication. NOT TRAINING IN THE PUB.

    Moj - I know what you mean about Kid, and there are no other standout coaches (unless Ross Brawn goes in that catagory). For the record, i thnk Roy Hodgson should be a coaching contender.

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  • 415. At 11:54am on 11 Dec 2009, Mightymojo wrote:

    Mrs. Jacks maiden name isn't Clough by any chance?!

    And adam, i am indeed an avid PF fan, but Nando isn't my type. I've had a quiet word with Arshavin ahead of the weekend's game though.

    Me: "Now, come game time, you might feel a slight sting right here. That's just pride...."

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  • 416. At 11:55am on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Tim - does that rule snooker out then?

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  • 417. At 11:58am on 11 Dec 2009, Mightymojo wrote:

    PS Just read that Eeyore Hart is apparently interested in a move to QPR if they get rid of Magilton. Is he a glutton for punishment or what?

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  • 418. At 11:59am on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    captian, your main objection appears to be that you can train in a pub to be a darts player? Are you underaged or summat? And Karaoke and Hand Eye co-ordination and mental atrength? What are you singing mate?

    Darts is a sport, the king of sports... And nothing you ever say on this blog will ever change that...

    Magic-Darts...

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  • 419. At 12:07pm on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    And Karaoke and Hand Eye co-ordination and mental atrength? What are you singing mate
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    More to the point what's he doing with his other hand/or the microphone while he's singing.

    Mojo - One of the best bits in PF is when SLF shoots that guy and says to his mate "I'm sorry did I break your concentration?" and sewer rat may tate like pumpkin pie but I'd never know cos I wouldn't eat the filthy m**********r

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  • 420. At 12:07pm on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Like most matters on this hallowed wall of Robbos, i think it best we agree to disagree... Cest la vie as the say at the Lake Side.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/more_sport/article5447372.ece

    The above is a rather intersting article, which argues both sides, for those interested the picture is my old mucker James Wade, he appears to be throwing a dart at a rather attractive lady... And to think he wanted to be a mechanic!

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  • 421. At 12:10pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Great piece of sledging yesterday in Saffer by Matt Prior,
    "two things you should never to mate,cut a spinner and pat a burning dog"
    Next ball batsman goes...

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  • 422. At 12:12pm on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    adam - RBA -

    adam, snooker would be in my 'Nearly a Sport...', yes, with chess, darts etc

    RBA - compared to getting up at 4.30 to swim for 3 hours before going to work, for example, THEY TRAIN IN THE PUB

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  • 423. At 12:17pm on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    2 valid points here

    Why stop at declaring darts an official sport? Put it in the 2012 Olympic Games as part of a pub heptathlon with pool, dominoes, cribbage, karaoke, beermat-flipping and a quiz featuring a picture round on celebrities and their tattoos.

    Well funny

    But if enjoyment and wellbeing are criteria then having sex is also a sport. So, should nookie get lottery funding?

    Only if I can alternate between Linsey Dawn McKenzie, Alice Goodwin and Peta Todd with a relay event for all 3 at the same time

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  • 424. At 12:22pm on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Why so bitter against darts, why so bitter against pubs... I play darts, for a pub. And even at our lowly level it is sporting, thier is anxiety, nerve, skill.. and you CAN NOT GET bladdered (and play well..)

    I played cricket for a long while, where i drank all day long and got absolutely bladdered... Yeah i didn't make many catches ans was out for a few ducks... but i think it was blogs who brought up the class issue... and i hate to say it, but it is true...

    True peoples sport...

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  • 425. At 12:22pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 426. At 12:24pm on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    My botty is not spotty thanks very much.

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  • 427. At 12:28pm on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 428. At 12:33pm on 11 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 429. At 12:37pm on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    424. At 12:22pm on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    Why so bitter against darts, why so bitter against pubs... I play darts, for a pub. And even at our lowly level it is sporting, thier is anxiety, nerve, skill.. and you CAN NOT GET bladdered (and play well..)

    mate, i referred to the class distinction, you don't have to tell me. and in fairness, i wouldn't have an cricketer who was drunk as one of the ten.

    I know this area is greyer than Fabrizio Ravanelli, but it's opinion, and i think darts, sport or not, doesn't fit with the beebs sporting philosophy.

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  • 430. At 12:38pm on 11 Dec 2009, Mightymojo wrote:

    Adam, My fave PF football-related quote has to be my mate Kev, who at the final whistle after The '06 Fa Cup final turned to me and said:
    "What we just witnessed was a miracle and i want you to acknowledge it". I bought him a pint for that one.

    As for the pub sports debate, i think the distinct definition by us isn't really relevant. it is internationally recognised as a sport, and therefore should be eligible for SPOTY.
    Whether or not it meets the criteria to make the olympics is another matter (i'm not sure what they are exactly), but surely the beeb should see that the swell of support for a man who has dominated his profession for nearly 2 decades warrants some recognition. I do think the BDO/PDC war has been the reason, but they have the grand slam of darts which features people from both codes, so they should lighten up.

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  • 431. At 12:40pm on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    having said taht, i think the SPOTY is a massive waste of time, effort and the nominations are regularly a joke.

    Giggs, Obama, Jedward....voting isn't safe anymore.

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  • 432. At 12:42pm on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    does anything that is an individual sport as they don't have boxing much either although tehy do have the snooker tbf

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  • 433. At 12:44pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    426. At 12:24pm on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    My botty is not spotty thanks very much.
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    True,but does it have a W tattoed on each side for you to express amazement?

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  • 434. At 12:45pm on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    As for the pub sports debate, i think the distinct definition by us isn't really relevant. it is internationally recognised as a sport, and therefore should be eligible for SPOTY.

    What? No it isn't. Only 60 nations even belong to the WDF, and there have been champs from about 8, ever.

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  • 435. At 12:47pm on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    432. At 12:42pm on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:
    does anything that is an individual sport as they don't have boxing much either

    F1? Tennis? as individual as boxing. Both have teams around, but at the moment of tension it is individual

    Adam has a name and a 'was 'ere' tatoo'd on his Corey. initials GN.

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  • 436. At 12:48pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    431. At 12:40pm on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    having said taht, i think the SPOTY is a massive waste of time, effort and the nominations are regularly a joke.
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    SPotY has always been a smug fest,allowing the beeb a bit of navel gazing.However,since the advent of Sky they have given up on sport and so they have nowt other than "crown jewel"listed sports.That is why nominations are always tat.

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  • 437. At 12:48pm on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    ROY KEANE FOR SPOTY

    quality achievements with Ipswich

    Also has anyone seen that all Portsmouth actually own is the playing squad and the ground itself but interestingly they don't own the surrounding land which makes you wonder who on earth was daft enough to buy them.

    And Fergie has revealed that in January he will have no Sol relegating Pulis intoa secondary Sith role as he reclaims his mastery of teh Dark Side and leads United to a quadruple of trophies through the force

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  • 438. At 12:49pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Adam has a name and a 'was 'ere' tatoo'd on his Corey. initials GN.
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    Well the micro surgeon involved should be congratulated.....
    (sorry Adam,pots and grimey arses springs to mind...)

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  • 439. At 12:50pm on 11 Dec 2009, Mightymojo wrote:

    I'm pretty sure there aren't 60 cricket playing nations, but no-one debates that. Anyways, this is getting us nowhere - i'm off to check in with my man on Klinsmann watch at John Lennon.

    Laters

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  • 440. At 12:50pm on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Jacks & Tim - No and No again - I have no tattoos and just because Rafa has been banging a tattoo on Tim's orifices don't tar me with the same brush.

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  • 441. At 12:50pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    437. At 12:48pm on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:
    And Fergie has revealed that in January he will have no Sol relegating Pulis intoa secondary Sith role as he reclaims his mastery of teh Dark Side and leads United to a quadruple of trophies through the force
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    Bit early to start on the meths isn't it Adam?

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  • 442. At 12:51pm on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    438. At 12:49pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:
    Adam has a name and a 'was 'ere' tatoo'd on his Corey. initials GN.
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    Well the micro surgeon involved should be congratulated.....
    (sorry Adam,pots and grimey arses springs to mind...)

    ---Rafa and TIM IN TEH KITCHEN ANYONE

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  • 443. At 12:56pm on 11 Dec 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    402. At 11:44am on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:
    at least you're allowed darts in the house - my missus won't ket me have a dartboart in the shed even

    _________________________________________________________________________
    Can't you do a swap son? Missus for dartboard. I mean you can't have a woman dictating the contents of a shed. What next? Woman boxing in the Olympics?

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  • 444. At 12:58pm on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    MOJO-
    The ICC has 104 members: 10 Full Members that play official Test matches, 34 Associate Members, and 60 Affiliate Members.

    adam - i prefer waitresses

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  • 445. At 1:02pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Captain,do they work in a cocktail bar?

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  • 446. At 1:03pm on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    No - they work on my cock.

    i know that is 'the Todd' bad, but i'm playing with the mods

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  • 447. At 1:05pm on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    G'day Jack... again

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  • 448. At 1:05pm on 11 Dec 2009, Mightymojo wrote:

    Tim - i sit corrected. That is a staggering amount - what do the other even do? I know teams like Ireland Scotland & Holland play when and where they can, but what about the other 80-odd?

    Well, going back to the point i was trying to make, Darts is recognised as a sport by the BBC, and they still show the BDO stuff so they can't act like they don't acknowledge it. Just think it's a bit petty.

    Pettier than Wenger & Hughes put together.

    Now i really am gone. And when i'm gone, i stay gone, or i'll be gone. I've lost all my Robbo priveleges.

    Well, until Thursday.

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  • 449. At 1:06pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    446. At 1:03pm on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    No - they work on my cock.

    i know that is 'the Todd' bad, but i'm playing with the mods
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    Is that a euphemism for something.....

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  • 450. At 1:07pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    G'day again,Bo.Well you've missed quite a bit Adam has told us all about his tattooes and claimed that his music collection can maim>if we get an admission that his football team stinks like pepe le pew we've got the hat trick...

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  • 451. At 1:08pm on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Blog, what happened to the one liner campaign... very short lived mate.

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  • 452. At 1:08pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    tough..

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  • 453. At 1:09pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    to keep...

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  • 454. At 1:09pm on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Jack... I reckon I set a blog precedent today... I complained about one of my own posts.

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  • 455. At 1:09pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    it up,Bo

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  • 456. At 1:10pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Was it the one where you said the pet shop boys were ok?

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  • 457. At 1:11pm on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Lol... no but maybe I should have made it that one.

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  • 458. At 1:11pm on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Got to go again... have fun

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  • 459. At 1:12pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    It's Friday night Bo.why aren't you in The Swinging Pig?

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  • 460. At 1:15pm on 11 Dec 2009, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    449. At 1:06pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:
    446. At 1:03pm on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    No - they work on my cock.

    i know that is 'the Todd' bad, but i'm playing with the mods
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    Do waitresses has bald patches on the top of their heads?

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  • 461. At 1:20pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    No,but they have superb hearing,and a second line as scallop divers as they can also breath through the same large ears.

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  • 462. At 1:21pm on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Only the ones that Tim plays with

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  • 463. At 1:26pm on 11 Dec 2009, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Its the nose that needs good breathing techniques!!

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  • 464. At 1:28pm on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    it was fine until they ejaculated onto the bar

    mr Mod?

    and yes adam, i like boys, bumming me

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  • 465. At 1:33pm on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    each to their own - you have boys, I like female glamour models with large bosoms which is ok by me

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  • 466. At 1:34pm on 11 Dec 2009, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Coyote Ugly anyone??

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  • 467. At 1:36pm on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    messi occasionally cheats

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  • 468. At 1:38pm on 11 Dec 2009, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Michael Owen to finish Champions League top goalscorer - anyone know the odds?

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  • 469. At 1:40pm on 11 Dec 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    white supremacy rules

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  • 470. At 1:43pm on 11 Dec 2009, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Ever been to Alabama?

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  • 471. At 1:45pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    465. At 1:33pm on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    each to their own - you have boys, I like female glamour models with large bosoms which is ok by me

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    You do know that in real life,they don't have staples in their stomach,Adam don't you?

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  • 472. At 1:47pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Back in the world of adultery,another fine upstanding citizen pops up to defend Tiger...
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/golf/8407279.stm

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  • 473. At 1:48pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    This years lifetime achievement award goes to...
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tv_and_radio/sports_personality_of_the_year/8405808.stm

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  • 474. At 1:49pm on 11 Dec 2009, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Is his nickname the Walrus??
    I am trying to keep it related to the waitress as much as possible.......

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  • 475. At 1:51pm on 11 Dec 2009, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Im refering to Daly not Seve.

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  • 476. At 1:53pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    474. At 1:49pm on 11 Dec 2009, Where Did The Title Ngog??!! wrote:

    Is his nickname the Walrus??
    ------------------
    Wild thing...

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  • 477. At 1:57pm on 11 Dec 2009, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Did his wife give him that name?

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  • 478. At 2:13pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    He's had several WDTTN.

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  • 479. At 2:16pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Seems a little quiet at the moment....let's see...
    Gary Neville for SPotY...
    see if that causes anything...

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  • 480. At 2:19pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    P obviously stands for PILLOCK

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  • 481. At 2:48pm on 11 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    4699519 left to go... and this pace is sickening! Like watching paula radcliffe in the 'lympics... but you know with out the gut wrenching embarrasment... or the poop

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  • 482. At 2:51pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    We've scared them off,RBA.This day is a day of triumph for the sport of darts...

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  • 483. At 2:54pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    19. At 2:46pm on 11 Dec 2009, Chris Charles wrote:

    11. RBA92: I'm with LABSAB9 (14) - darts is most definitely a sport and it's a crime we won't be seeing it at London 2012. What I wouldn't give to see the world's press crammed into Lakeside with the great unwashed.

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  • 484. At 2:56pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    RBA,respect due.Fighting the battle on 2 fronts.Hope I can help...

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  • 485. At 3:09pm on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    You could move it to Purfleet and stick that other great pub activity of stripping in there then both you and I would be happy

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  • 486. At 3:10pm on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Ie me with the naked ladies - you lot with teh fat blokes playing darts

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  • 487. At 3:17pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    486. At 3:10pm on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Ie me with the naked ladies - you lot with teh fat blokes playing darts
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    Would you be the pimp then?

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  • 488. At 3:51pm on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    not likely I would be participating with the sport, noble art - call it what you will

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  • 489. At 3:58pm on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I have to ask... what is the latest topic guys?

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  • 490. At 4:02pm on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I just received three emails from the BBC... one telling me of the complaint that I laid about my own post. another telling that if I rewrote the post they would be happy to re-post it. and the third telling me my complaint was upheld.

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  • 491. At 4:08pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Congratulations Bo on your latest act of genius.
    The latest topic is ADAM'S OBSESSION WITH PORN

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  • 492. At 4:08pm on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    489. At 3:58pm on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:
    I have to ask... what is the latest topic guys?
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    Whether the BBC or teh Adult Channel would screen A Darts championship combined with a stripshow from Alice Goodwin, Linsey Dawn McKenzie & Peta Todd (or if sleeping the 3 ladies in question - as suggested by the Times no less) could be turned into an Olympic sport with a relay event for getting some with all3 at the same time.

    Otherwise known as a standard Saturday Night out in Colchester or Basildon

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  • 493. At 4:09pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Bo,see what i mean?

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  • 494. At 4:10pm on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Its not an obsession - more a healthy appreciation of good looking, large bosomed ladies with a reputation for being good at nocturnal activities

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  • 495. At 4:11pm on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    This isn't fair because I'm a post behind and this is apppearing out of sync.

    Quick switch subjects to darts, Pet Shop Boys

    I have it

    RAFA FOR SPOTY (next year if he relegates Liverpool)

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  • 496. At 4:12pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    Adam is only out of sync as he is currently enjoying himself by polishing his trumpet

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  • 497. At 4:13pm on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Seems like an obsession to me adam... I am not sure if the naked ladies and darts thing you are advocating would work very well though. Where would the ladies put their darts between throws?

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  • 498. At 4:13pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    494. At 4:10pm on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Its not an obsession - more a healthy appreciation of good looking, large bosomed ladies with a reputation for being good at nocturnal activities
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    With staples in their stomachs

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  • 499. At 4:14pm on 11 Dec 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    494. At 4:10pm on 11 Dec 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Its not an obsession - more a healthy appreciation of good looking, large bosomed ladies with a reputation for being good at nocturnal activities

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    Such as waggon driving?

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  • 500. At 4:15pm on 11 Dec 2009, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    He should leave the trumpet alone... I hear that polishing ones trumpet too often can make you go blind... maybe a fallacy though

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